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Affordability & Childcare

Canada Child Benefit

Conservative's promise

Allow benefits to begin at the 7th month of pregnancy, rather than at childbirth.

Canada Workers Benefit

Conservative's promise

Double the Canada Workers Benefit to a maximum of $2,800 for individuals or $5,000 for families, and pay it as a quarterly direct deposit rather than a tax refund; Double the disability supplement to $1,500.

Cell & Internet Bills

Conservative's promise

Allow foreign telecommunications companies to provide services in Canada, provided Canadian companies can do the same in their countries; Connect all of Canada to high-speed Internet by 2025; Promote investment in comms facilities by local & regional communities & businesses.

Childcare

Conservative's promise

Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of childcare for lower income families, and pay it out over the course of the year.

Employment Insurance

Conservative's promise

Launch a "Super EI" with temporary expanded benefits for provinces in recessions; Extend EI sickness benefits for those suffering from serious illness to 52 weeks.

We will launch a Super EI that temporarily provides more generous benefits (75% of salary instead of 55%) when a province goes into recession (a 0.5% increase in the unemployment rate, as defined by the “Sahm Rule”). EI will return to normal levels once the recession is over, as evidenced by three months of job gains.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Food & Nutrition

Conservative's promise

Increase the maximum fine for fixing food prices from $24 million to $100 million, and introduce criminal penalties for executives.

GST

Conservative's promise

Make all purchases at retail stores GST-free for one month this fall.

Living in the North

Conservative's promise

Double the residency deduction, increase the basic amount in the intermediate zone to match the northern zone, and add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western BC to this zone; Implement a Northern Housing Strategy; Improve Nutrition North.

• Double the residency deduction, which has not increased since 2016, to recognize the rising cost of living in the north, boost the basic amount in the intermediate zone to match the northern zone, and add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western B.C. to this zone.

• Implement a Northern Housing Strategy built on:

° Providing the territories with their fair shares of federal housing funding;

° Ensuring that funding is stable and predictable; and

° Working with Indigenous groups including the Inuit, and with resource companies investing in the north to ensure that housing gets built.

• Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs.

• Improve Nutrition North so that it achieves the goal of ensuring that northerners have access to affordable healthy food.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

People with Disabilities

Conservative's promise

Reduce the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per week.

Climate Change & the Environment

Animal Protection

Conservative's promise

Ban puppy mills; Ban cosmetic testing on animals; Provide $10M/year to train judges & prosecutors on links between violence against animals & violence against people; Increase cross-reporting between animal welfare & child welfare agencies; Add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions.

• Banning Puppy Mills

° Stopping unethical breeders and dealers from misleading the public by claiming to offer rescue animals or pets bred humanely when that isn’t the case.

° Banning the importation of animals bred inhumanely.

° Strengthening CFIA’s ability to enforce current regulations and seize animals when imported under poor welfare conditions.

• Banning cosmetic testing on animals

° Amending the Food and Drug Act and its regulations to implement a ban modelled on the European Union ban.

• Addressing the links between violence against animals and violence against people

° Providing $10 million per year to train judges and prosecutors on the links between violence against animals and violence against people.

° Increasing cross-reporting between animal welfare and child welfare agencies

° Adding animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions to go after abusers who hurt their spouse by hurting their spouse’s pet

• Supporting pet owners fleeing violence by working with the sector to ensure that there are better options for women to leave abusive homes without having to abandon their pets

• Working with the Council of Ministers of Education to promote humane education as part of education on the environment and sustainability

• Addressing the Threat Posed by Animal Markets and Trade in Wild Animals

° Supporting and encouraging the closure of poorly regulated wildlife markets globally that carry an elevated risk of becoming sources for future pandemics;

° Ending the importation of and trade in wild or exotic animals and their products that carry an elevated risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Batteries

Conservative's promise

Support improved electric vehicle battery repurposing & recycling.

Supporting improved electric vehicle battery repurposing and recycling in order to lower the environmental impact of these batteries and lower the cost of vehicles on the resale market.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Carbon Capture & Storage

Conservative's promise

Provide a tax credit for the deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technology in the energy sector and other industries that burn fossil fuels; Invest in Direct Air Capture; In total, invest $5 billion in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.

Carbon Pricing

Conservative's promise

Remove the federal price on carbon; Replace it with a Personal Low Carbon Savings Account, requiring people to pay into their PLCSA every time they fill up; Start the PLCSA at $20/tonne, rising to $50/tonne; People could withdraw from their PLCSA to spend on products to reduce their energy footprint, such as transit passes, green home retrofits, & electric vehicles; Maintain Output Based Pricing.

Canada’s Conservatives will work with the provinces to implement an innovative, national, Personal Low Carbon Savings Account. This will put a price on carbon for consumers without one penny going to the government. It will be completely transparent and engage consumers in the process of building a lower carbon future.

Canadians will pay into their Personal Low Carbon Savings Account each time they buy hydrocarbon-based fuel. They will be able to apply the money in their account towards things that help them live a greener life. That could mean buying a transit pass or a bicycle, or saving up and putting the money towards a new efficient furnace, energy efficient windows or even an electric vehicle.

Canadian families and businesses have been trailblazers in the use of affinity or rewards programs and have great expertise in both managing and using them. This program will operate similarly, and may be managed by a consortium of companies as the INTERAC system is.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Our plan will ensure that all Canadians can do their part to fight climate change, in the way that works best for them, and at a carbon price that is affordable: starting at $20/tonne and increasing to $50/tonne but no further. Even at this lower carbon price, we will ensure that this does not place an excessive burden on low-income Canadians and will protect farmers by ensuring that they have affordable options.

Businesses that aren’t subject to the Output Based Pricing System but buy fuel will have a Small Business Low Carbon Savings Account that will operate similarly.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Conservation

Conservative's promise

Protect 17% of Canada's land & water; Work towards protecting 25%; Restore funding for the National Wetland Conservation Fund & the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program; Invest an additional $3B between now & 2030 in natural climate solutions.

• Reach the target of protecting 17% of Canada’s land and water and work towards 25% with a focus on:

° Using remote sensing to identify conservation gaps in the southern working landscape and gather data that can be used to determine the potential for lands to provide ecosystem services;

° Putting in place other effective area-based conservation measures in the southern working landscape;

° Working with Indigenous communities to expand the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) managed and stewarded by Indigenous Guardians; and

° Continuing to develop parks and protected areas in all parts of Canada.

• Restore funding for the National Wetland Conservation Fund and the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, which Justin Trudeau cancelled.

• Support Wetlands and Watershed Protection Our wetlands, rivers, and lakes are essential to our quality of life. They provide us with drinking water, provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife, and offer recreation opportunities.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Invest an additional $3 billion between now and 2030 in natural climate solutions focused on management of forest, crop and grazing lands and restoration of grasslands, wetlands, and forests.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Effects of Climate Change

Conservative's promise

Appoint a national disaster resilience advisor to the Privy Council Office; Implement a national action plan on floods, incl. a residential high risk flood insurance programme; Implement a national climate adaption strategy, incl. addressing flood readiness w/ private sector solutions; Consider mitigation & adaptation in infrastructure investments; Invest $3 billion in natural climate solutions.

• Appointing a national disaster resilience advisor to the Privy Council Office.

̵  This office would be analogous to the National Security and Intelligence Advisor established after 9/11 and would advise Cabinet and the Prime Minister’s Office, helping ensure that the government is prepared for future risks.

• Implementing a national action plan on floods, including establishing a residential high risk flood insurance program to ensure all Canadians are financially protected while avoiding future government bailouts.

• Devising and implementing a national climate adaptation strategy that is:

̵  Based on measurable targets;

̵  Addresses existing provincial concerns on flood readiness while leveraging private sector solutions to reduce government exposure and spending; and

̵  Addresses wildfire and drought exposure in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and foresters.

• Incorporating a mitigation and adaptation lens to the government’s infrastructure investments.

̵  Communities must be able to identify risks and be able to plan to address them. An adaptation lens can include designing infrastructure to be resilient to extreme weather events, but it also might include designing other infrastructure to protect against known hazards. In either case, this will help communities be prepared in the event of an emergency.

• Work with provinces and territories to develop a natural infrastructure plan that includes:

̵  The development of a national standard to assess the value of natural infrastructure;

̵  A requirement that public sector accounting practices be updated to include a proper valuation of existing natural infrastructure;

̵  Requirements to incorporate retention of natural infrastructure into community design; and

̵  Incentives for farmers and landowners to protect and restore natural infrastructure.

• Investing in technology that can improve the early detection of wildfires and better predict their behaviour.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

• Recognizing and encouraging emissions-reducing practices like low/no till and 4R Nutrient Stewardship.

• Establishing transparent and reliable standards for carbon credits associated with land management practices with the eventual goal of establishing a national carbon offset market. This market would link together existing compliance programs associated with federal and provincial regulations.

• Exploring the use of incentives to preserve and enhance natural infrastructure on private lands that contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation, with a particular focus on working landscapes with downstream impacts on populated areas.

• Working with provinces, territories and the agriculture and forestry sectors to identify and support ways in which the sectors can contribute to enhancing carbon sequestration.

• Investing in forest health and wildfire prevention and early detection.

• Working with Indigenous communities including by expanding the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) managed and stewarded by Indigenous Guardians.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Emissions Reductions Targets

Conservative's promise

Reduce targets to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Energy Efficient Buildings

Conservative's promise

Provide a regulatory & financial framework to facilitate building retrofits, modelled after the SOFIAC programme in Quebec; Provide extra benefits for buildings that complete their retrofits prior to 2030; Develop a Net Zero Foundations program; Work with provinces, territories, & utilities to implement a Residential Building Retrofit Initiative.

Provide a regulatory and financial framework that will facilitate Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). This is a model that involves the private sector in financing and implementing retrofits and then being paid back through savings. Our program will be modelled after the SOFIAC program in Quebec.

̵  We will work with provinces and territories to promote ESPC for government and publicly-funded institutional buildings, including a “2030 Bonus” that will provide an additional benefit for those buildings that complete their retrofits prior to 2030.

Develop a Net Zero Foundations program to begin putting in place the building blocks required to meet our net zero goals. This will include:

̵  Continuing to develop the building codes and standards necessary to support net zero goals for both new builds and retrofits;

̵  Developing curriculum for trade schools and institutes that support building design and construction;

̵  Improving certification standards; and

̵  Developing initiatives to pilot new technologies and solutions that will lower the cost and speed up the pace of retrofits, particularly residential retrofits.

Work with provinces, territories and applicable utilities to put in place a Residential Building Retrofit Initiative that will:

̵  Provide an “efficiency concierge” service for homeowners that acts as a one-stop-shop to access programs and information; and

̵  Apply lessons learned from technology pilots and from government, institutional and commercial retrofits, to a residential context.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Energy Grid

Conservative's promise

Build a cleaner, more resilient electric grid; Develop and expand smart grids; Improve interties; Increase the use of mass storage; Develop & deploy new clean energy technology such as nuclear, hydrogen, & renewables.

Strengthening Canada’s Grid: a plan to build a cleaner, more resilient grid that is adaptable to regional conditions and priorities. This will include strategies for developing and expanding smart grids, improving interties, increasing the use of mass storage, and developing and deploying new clean energy technology such as nuclear, hydrogen and renewables.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Energy Sources

Conservative's promise

Invest $1 billion in Small Modular Reactors; Implement a hydrogen energy strategy to increase use of hydrogen, especially green hydrogen, and build export capacity.

Freshwater

Conservative's promise

Support the completion of the Canadian Wetland Inventory; Provide funding for watershed protection; Work with governments to end raw sewage dumping; Reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.

Green Innovation

Conservative's promise

Provide tax relief to the first 5 facilities that use new technology to meaningfully reduce emissions.

One of the significant barriers for deploying new emissions reduction technology is that early adopters often pay higher costs as they learn how to apply the technology to real-world situations. To recognize this, we will provide tax relief to the first five facilities that use new technology that provides meaningful emissions reductions and has a high cost to build.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Industrial Carbon Emissions

Conservative's promise

Tie Canada's industrial carbon price to the EU's & eventually the US's; Potentially set industrial carbon prices on a path to $170/tonne by 2030; Propose minimum North American standards for key industrial sectors; Study imposing a carbon border tariff on goods imported from countries without compatible emissions reduction mechanisms.

Rather than choosing an arbitrary carbon price in advance, we’ll tie Canada’s industrial carbon price to that of our biggest trading partners - the European Union and the United States, starting with those regions that have carbon markets and expanding as the U.S. creates a national market. This will ensure that we travel the path to our Paris targets together while reducing the risk that serious climate action will just shift jobs out of Canada to competitor countries.

We will assess progress after two years and be prepared to set industrial carbon prices on a path to $170/tonne by 2030, but only if the combination of adopting a price based on that of our major trading partners and working with the U.S. on North American standards has not assured us that we are on a path to our Paris commitment.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

We will study the imposition of a carbon border tariff which would reflect the amount of carbon emissions attributed to goods imported into Canada. Producers in countries with emissions reductions mechanisms that are compatible with our own will be exempt. We will urge our American trade partners to adopt this approach as well.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Low-Carbon Manufacturing

Conservative's promise

Increase export of resources where Canada produces lower-pollution versions, including aluminum.

Natural Gas & LNG

Conservative's promise

Focus on exporting Liquefied Natural Gas; Ensure new LNG facilities are electrified; Require at least 15% of natural gas to come from renewable content by 2030.

We will introduce a Renewable Natural Gas Mandate, based on British Columbia’s policy, requiring 15% of downstream consumption to be renewable by 2030.

Capturing methane from organic sources such as farms and landfills reduces carbon emissions and creates a renewable source of energy. We will put in place a minimum requirement for 15% renewable content in natural gas by 2030. That means the gas we use in our power plants, furnaces, water heaters, dryers, stoves and other gas appliances will have less impact on the environment, and the methane that is wasted from agriculture, sewage and landfills will be significantly reduced.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Project Impact Assessments

Conservative's promise

Revert the changes to the Impact Assessment Act made under Bill C-69; Create an accelerated Impact Assessment process.

Shipping & Marine Protection

Conservative's promise

Re-allow the shipping of oil and petroleum products on the North Coast of British Columbia by repealing Bill C-48.

Waste

Conservative's promise

Ban the export from Canada of plastic waste to be finally be disposed of in foreign countries.

Wildfires

Conservative's promise

Invest in forest health and wildfire prevention & early detection.

Education

Apprenticeship

Conservative's promise

Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for the next three years.

Job Training

Conservative's promise

Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for three years; Invest $250 million over two years in grants for organizations running projects that help workers get job training; Provide low interest loans up to $10,000 to people who want to upgrade their skills.

• Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for the next three years to help create more places for apprentices.

• Invest $250 million over two years to create the Canada Job Training Fund. The Fund will provide grants to organizations including employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, and community organizations for projects that:

° Give laid-off workers immediate access to training,

° Reach out to traditionally underrepresented groups,

° Support the talent needs of small businesses, and

° Otherwise help workers get the training they need - focussing (sic) on areas where there are shortages of skilled workers.

• Create the Working Canadian Training Loan to provide low interest loans of up to $10,000 to people who want to upgrade their skills.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Health & Healthcare

Access to Abortion

Conservative's promise

A Conservative Government will not support any legislation to regulate abortion; A Conservative government will include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.

COVID Testing

Conservative's promise

Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen all arrivals, regardless of vaccination status; Accelerate Health Canada approval for new rapid tests; Make at-home rapid tests available; Provide more rapid tests to provincial governments

We will:

• Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen new arrivals.

° Everyone entering Canada (by land as well as by air), irrespective of their vaccination status and whether they are considered an essential worker, will be required to take a rapid test and possibly a PCR test upon arrival.

° Rapid testing will help screen out cases, while PCR tests will provide a higher level of protection.

• Accelerate Health Canada approvals for rapid tests approved by the UK, the US, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Taiwan. It is unacceptable that bureaucratic barriers have kept these tests out of the hands of Canadians.

• Make at-home rapid tests readily available to all Canadians.

• Immediately provide more rapid tests to provincial governments to allow them to conduct screening, particularly at schools.

• Develop a clear, evidence-based strategy for re-opening our border with clear timelines and metrics. We will restore urgency, rationality, and consistency to border regulations.

• Quickly close the border to travellers from hotspots where new variants are detected.

° We will not allow new variants into Canada as Trudeau has done through his delays in enacting border measures to protect Canadians.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

COVID Vaccination

Conservative's promise

Prioritize signing contracts for booster shots; Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies; Support the provinces with whatever logistical resources they need to deliver vaccines and booster shots

Future Pandemics

Conservative's promise

Increase vaccine research & production capacity; Review regulatory processes; Increase domestic production of critical supplies; Prepare stockpiles, testing; Support closing poorly regulated wildlife markets; Improve public health intelligence; Overhaul Canada's Pandemic Plan.

Part 1: Making Canada resilient to threats

Vaccine Research, Trials & Manufacturing Capacity

  • Ramp up Canadian research and production capacity by making Canada one of the best jurisdictions globally for pharmaceutical research and development and the production of vaccines and medicines.
    • We won’t allow Liberal regulation to drive pharmaceutical companies out of Canada anymore.
    • We will follow the UK’s example by putting in place a sector strategy to grow the sector in a well-thought-out way rather than just handing out money.
    • We will also end the Liberal hostility to the pharma sector that has driven investment out of Canada, left us near the back of the line for vaccines and risks leaving us at the back of the line for new medicines. Instead, we will negotiate constructively with the industry to reduce drug prices while providing long-term regulatory certainty.
  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include domestic vaccine research, trials development and manufacturing capacity and readiness - with a focus on novel vaccine platforms, keeping and attracting the best minds in Canada, and ensuring secure access to supply during pandemic scenarios - working with universities, the private sector, provinces and territories, and international partner countries to build for the future; and
  • Review Health Canada’s regulatory processes and the balance between Canada’s industrial, health, and economic relationships with the global biomanufacturing sector in light of Canada’s poor performance in accessing vaccines during COVID-19.

Increasing Domestic Production of Critical Supplies

  • Partner with pharmaceutical companies to increase production of critical medicines and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Canada;
  • Work with the United States to strengthen the North American supply chain for pharmaceuticals to reduce our shared reliance on imports; and use procurements by government and those receiving government funding to enhance domestic production of PPE.
  • Reinstate the tariff on imported PPE to recognize and secure the longevity of Canadian manufacturers of PPE. Canadian manufacturers have responded to the pandemic by enhancing their capacities to produce PPE, and they deserve to compete within a fair domestic market. A strong domestic manufacturing industry for PPE is a pillar of pandemic readiness and ongoing resiliency. Canadian manufacturers are also at the forefront of PPE innovation, seeking to address the environmental impact of the mass manufacturing of PPE.

Stockpiles, Lab Testing & Contact Tracing

  • Overhaul Canada’s National Emergency Stockpile System to ensure supplies are there to rapidly respond to infectious disease, bioterrorism, and similar threats, including ensuring the security of supply for personal protective equipment, diagnostic reagents, and swab supplies, and adopting modern tracking systems to ensure supplies are used before they expire and available when needed;

  • Overhaul federal lab testing processes and the support PHAC provides for provinces and territories to markedly improve consistency and scaling of lab capabilities across Canada, including the development of rapid testing capabilities at our borders, across our cities, in rural and remote communities, and within long term care facilities; and

  • Fill the response gap left by Ottawa between lab testing and costly lockdowns by working with Canadian infectious disease experts, provinces, and territories to develop evidence-based contact tracing systems for our borders and support public health efforts. Delaying and pushing unproven technologies on the provinces and territories over scientific procurement processes allowed the virus the time to spread and undermined Canada’s social, economic and health structures.

  • Develop a national system for sharing data across jurisdictions on pathogen transmission, immunity levels, and vaccination rates with transparent reporting requirements and coordination among jurisdictions.

New High Containment Laboratory Capacity and Infection Control Capacities

  • Bolster our infectious disease and pandemic science infrastructure, research, and expertise, through the development of new and novel high containment laboratory capabilities, alongside the National Microbiology Laboratory, to rapidly identify the threat to Canadians of novel and emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism agents, including by:

    • Enhancing our basic scientific understanding of the transmission of novel pathogens in built environments (notably, long term care facilities, hospitals, and other communal settings) on different surfaces (e.g. nurse stations, medical equipment, doorknobs, retail, and workplace surfaces) and the importance of infection control measures (e.g. masks, hand washing);

    • Supporting the development and testing of new infection control products/biomaterials, safe and high-performance architectural designs, airflow systems, and isolation facilities for the control of infectious diseases during regular times, and ensure Canada has the rapid response capabilities – including issuing science-based public health guidelines for front line workers and essentials services - during outbreaks and pandemics. Never again should essential workers be left to their own devices or our economy simply be allowed to collapse.

Part 2: Preventing pandemics

Addressing the Threat Posed by Animal Markets and Trade in Wild Animals

  • Support and encourage the closure of poorly regulated wildlife markets globally that carry an elevated risk of becoming sources for future pandemics;
  • End the importation of and trade in wild or exotic animals and their products that carry an elevated risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

Prohibiting the export of deadly viruses to jurisdictions that cannot be trusted.

  • The government will create a list of these countries subject to the export prohibition based on a national security assessment.

Part 3: Detecting and assessing threats

Public Health Intelligence

  • Overhaul Canada’s public health intelligence-gathering systems, including restoring the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) shut down by the Liberal government and strengthen the sharing of public health intelligence across the federal government and with the provinces and territories.
  • Establish a threat-level warning system that uses data points and sources from our overhauled public health intelligence-gathering systems to assign risk levels from a scale of 1-5 for Canadians when a new virus is detected.
  • Overhaul the federal government’s disastrous risk communications infrastructure, including developing trusted mechanisms for communicating the real threat to Canadians of novel and emerging pathogens and rapidly changing information.

Part 4: Countering the threat

Scientific leadership

  • Assign ultimate responsibility for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to a qualified physician - public health expert with field and front line experience;
  • Establish a set of actions corresponding to each level of risk in our new threat-level warning system, including but not limited to when border measures will be implemented, when travel should be restricted, and data-sharing requirements across jurisdictions.
  • Develop a data-driven system of benchmarks for removing bans, restrictions, and quarantines to provide certainty to businesses and their populations.
  • Ensure adequate enforcement of these actions is undertaken and that monitoring both internationally and domestically is consistent and ongoing.
  • Restore the dual leadership role of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, within the Public Health Agency of Canada, so that infectious disease science and expertise drives our domestic pandemic response and Canada once again is a global pandemic leader; and
  • Overhaul Canada’s Pandemic Plan and preparedness to include a focus on infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats rather than solely on “influenza,” which led to Ottawa’s slow response and mishandling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • Maintain access security and stringent screening protocols for scientists granted access to the Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

Strengthening Health Canada

  • Strengthen the department to ensure it can rapidly review crucial innovations like new tests, treatments, and vaccines. With new variants on the horizon, we can’t afford the same bureaucratic pace as in the past.

  • Partner with the private sector rather than over-rely on government. We know that there are some things best done by the private sector and will be faster to reach out for help.

  • Work with the provinces to harmonize ICU training to ensure that ICU credentials are transferable among jurisdictions so that that capacity can be bolstered in emergencies.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Health Funding

Conservative's promise

Meet with the Premiers within 100 days to propose a new health agreement with provinces and territories, increasing the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least 6%.

Medical Assistance in Dying

Conservative's promise

Reinstate the 10-day waiting period; Require 2 fully independent witnesses to ensure a vulnerable person isn't coerced; Allow discussion of MAID only if raised by the patient; Disallow MAID for those w/ mental health challenges; Give opportunity to withdraw consent right before; Include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.

Reinstate the ten-day waiting period to make sure somebody does not make this decision at their lowest point.

Restore the requirement for two fully independent witnesses to ensure that a vulnerable person is not being forced or coerced.

Require that any discussion of MAID only occur if raised by the patient and prevent healthcare workers from suggesting it to someone who is not seeking it. Canadians living with disabilities report regularly being in situations where MAID is suggested to or pushed on them and report how this undermines their sense of security in healthcare environments.

Repealing the Bill C-7 provision allowing MAID for those with mental health challenges. Require any patient receiving MAID to be informed/reminded immediately before receiving it and given the opportunity to withdraw consent.

Protect the right of patients to choose to receive care in a MAID-free environment.

Require healthcare practitioners approving MAID requests (MAID accessors) to examine and consult directly with the patient before approving the request (with allowances made for virtually-enabled examination where required).

Require MAID assessors to complete MAID assessor training to ensure full awareness of and compliance with laws and best practices around MAID.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Palliative Care

Conservative's promise

Double direct federal investments in palliative care.

Review of COVID Response

Conservative's promise

Call an immediate public inquiry into the government's pandemic response; Work with allies to support an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Housing & Homelessness

Homelessness

Conservative's promise

Re-implement the Housing First approach; Revise the federal government's substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal; Invest $325 million over 3 years for 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & 50 recovery community centres.

To address homelessness, we will:

• Re-implement the Housing First approach, which has been watered down by the current federal government, to aid in the fight against Canada’s addictions crisis.

• Revise the federal government’s substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal.

• Invest $325 million over the next three years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds and build 50 recovery community centres across the country.

• Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health challenges and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Housing Prices

Conservative's promise

Ban foreign investors not living in or moving to Canada from buying homes here for a two year period, after which it will be reviewed; Encourage foreign investment in purpose-built, affordable rental housing.

Housing Supply

Conservative's promise

Use infrastructure investments, such as transit, to increase housing supply; Release at least 15% of the government's real estate portfolio for housing; Incent landowners to donate property to Land Trusts for affordable housing.

• Leverage federal infrastructure investments to increase housing supply. We will:

° Build public transit infrastructure that connects homes and jobs by bringing public transit to where people are buying homes; and

° Require municipalities receiving federal funding for public transit to increase density near the funded transit;

• Review the extensive real estate portfolio of the federal government – the largest property owner in the country with over 37,000 buildings – and release at least 15% for housing while improving the Federal Lands Initiative;

• Incent developers to build the housing Canadians both want and need, by:

° Encouraging Canadians to invest in rental housing by extending the ability to defer capital gains tax when selling a rental property and reinvesting in rental housing, something that is currently excluded; and

° Exploring converting unneeded office space to housing.

• Continue the Conservative commitment to Reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples by enacting a “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” strategy – long called for by Indigenous housing advocates, who have been ignored by this Liberal government;

° Canada’s Conservatives are committed to putting a stop to federal paternalism and instead partnering with Indigenous communities and empowering Indigenous Peoples with the autonomy to meet their own housing needs.

• Enhance the viability of using Community Land Trusts for affordable housing by creating an incentive for corporations and private landowners to donate property to Land Trusts for the development of affordable housing.

° The incentive will mirror that which exists for donating land to ecological reserves.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Money Laundering

Conservative's promise

Enact changes to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) And Terrorist Financing Act; Establish a Beneficial Ownership Registry for residential property; Implement recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia on a federal level.

• Implement comprehensive changes to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, and give FINTRAC, law enforcement, and prosecutors the tools necessary to identify, halt, and prosecute money-laundering in Canadian real estate markets

• Establish a federal Beneficial Ownership Registry for residential property.

• Closely examine the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, which is doing important work, and quickly implement recommendations at the federal level.

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Mortgages

Conservative's promise

Encourage a new market in seven- to ten-year mortgages; Remove the stress test requirement when a homeowner renews a mortgage with another lender; Increase the limit on eligibility for mortgage insurance and index it to home price inflation; Reform the mortgage stress test.

Encourage a new market in seven- to ten-year mortgages to provide stability both for first-time home buyers and lenders, opening another secure path to homeownership for Canadians, and reducing the need for mortgage stress tests.

Remove the requirement to conduct a stress test when a homeowner renews a mortgage with another lender instead of only when staying with their current lender, as is the case today. This will increase competition and help homeowners access more affordable options.

Increase the limit on eligibility for mortgage insurance and index it to home price inflation, allowing those in high-priced real estate markets with less than a 20% down-payment an opportunity at home-ownership.

Fix the mortgage stress test to stop discriminating against small business owners, contractors and other non-permanent employees including casual workers.

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Human Rights & Equality

Conversion Therapy

Conservative's promise

Ban conversion therapy; Clarify that the ban does not criminalise non-coercive conversations.

Data Privacy

Conservative's promise

Pass legislation giving Canadians the right to understand & control the collection, use, monitoring, retention, and disclosure of their personal data.

Gender Equity

Conservative's promise

Implement a national mentorship strategy for women of all ages to prepare & help them network for senior leadership roles in corporations & civil society; Seek out qualified female candidates for federal appointments; Require federally-regulated corporations & federally-mandated organisations to implement recruitment plans to seek out qualified female candidates for senior leadership positions.

Hate Crimes & Hate Speech

Conservative's promise

Clearly criminalise statements that encourage violence against people or identifiable groups, focusing on online incitement; Provide $25M to law enforcement to quickly investigate online threats of violence, hate speech, & disinformation campaigns by foreign governments or extremist groups; Require social media platforms to remove illegal content, such as content that incites violence.

The Blood Ban

Conservative's promise

End the blood ban.

Immigration & Refugees

Administrative Backlogs

Conservative's promise

Create an efficiency mechanism, where those waiting for their applications to be reviewed can pay a fee for expedited processing, with revenue collected going to hiring additional staff for processing; Attempt to identify unutilised resources; Simplify and streamline the application process and eliminate duplication.

Credential Recognition

Conservative's promise

Immediately launch a Credential Recognition Task Force to develop new credential recognition strategies.

One area this task force will study is credential pre-qualification – allowing people in other countries to acquire Canadian-standard proficiency through accredited institutions overseas or distance learning with Canadian institutions.

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Family Reunification

Conservative's promise

Scrap the lottery system for family reunification; Create a first-come-first-served system with weighting to prioritise applicants on criteria such as providing child care or family support, and language proficiency; Invest additional resources in processing applications.

Immigration Process

Conservative's promise

Record all interactions between immigration officers & applicants to ensure oversight, fairness, & accountability; Use technology to speed application vetting; Increase cultural awareness training; Use remote meeting technology to match applicants with immigration officers who best understand their cultural context; Let applicants correct simple application mistakes within a set amount of time.

• Moving the technological infrastructure of immigration online and recording all interactions between immigration officers and applicants to help ensure oversight, fairness, and accountability.

• Introducing technology to speed application vetting by immigration officers.

• Increasing cultural awareness training and using remote meeting technology to match applicants with immigration officers who best understand the cultural context of the applicant.

• Letting applicants correct simple and honest mistakes in an application within a set amount of time.

° Currently, if a person makes an error in an application, the application is rejected, and the person is required to re-submit the application entirely.

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Refugees

Conservative's promise

Replace all public, government-assisted refugee places with more private & joint sponsorship places, except for special cases; Make the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project a permanent program; Allow private sponsorship of the most vulnerable victims of persecution directly from their country of origin; Create a program to allow direct private sponsorship of persecuted religious & sexual minorities.

• Replace public, government-assisted refugee places with more private and joint sponsorship places. All refugees arriving in Canada will do so under private or joint sponsorship programs, with exceptions in cases of emergency or specific programs (such as the human rights defenders program discussed below).

° This does not mean a reduced financial commitment to refugee sponsorship or lower overall numbers of protected persons. It means that public dollars will be directed through joint sponsorship programs where newcomers benefit from community support and the better outcomes associated with private sponsorship.

° Moving from “private” and “public” sponsorship streams to “private” and “joint” sponsorship streams ensures every refugee family arriving in Canada will do so with a group of dedicated and motivated Canadians, ready to make them feel welcome.

° This also ensures that private sponsors will not always have to bear the full costs of sponsorship, allowing them to help more refugees.

• These changes will revolutionize the experience of compassionate organizations conducting private refugee sponsorship. Sponsors will spend more time helping people in distress with more government support and less government hassle.

When it comes to financial allocations for joint sponsorships, Conservatives will prioritize the following categories:

• Support delivered to the most vulnerable.

• Support delivered through sponsorship agreement holders with a demonstrable track record of successfully integrating refugees.

• Support delivered through a new, specialized, “human rights defender” stream, welcoming human rights advocates such as notable Hong Kong protestors who are particularly vulnerable in their home country as a result of their willingness to stand up for the rights of others.

Canada’s Conservatives have a proud record of assisting the world’s most vulnerable refugees, including our pioneering assistance to LGBTQ+ people, especially from Iran, who would otherwise face a death sentence.

• Canada’s Conservatives will make the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project a permanent government program. We will work with LGBTQ+ organizations in Canada to encourage and facilitate greater participation by these organizations in refugee sponsorship, and we will lead a global network of free countries to assist the world’s persecuted sexual minorities.

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• Allow private sponsorship of the most vulnerable victims of persecution directly from their country of origin.

• Work with Canadian communities to create a specific program to allow direct private sponsorship of persecuted religious and sexual minorities.

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Temporary Foreign Workers

Conservative's promise

Create a trusted employer system so companies don't have to reapply; Work with provinces to harmonise federal & provincial systems; Set clear standards & timelines for Labour Market Assessment processes, including options for fee-based expedited visas when needed; Revise how regions are zoned to ensure rural areas & tourism hotspots are not coupled with urban hubs; Establish a path to permanence.

Visas

Conservative's promise

Increase the capacity of the Immigration and Refugee Board to hear asylum claims; Strengthen integrity and enforcement overall; Explore requiring more enforceable commitments for visitors to abide by; Allow family members of citizens to come & live in Canada for up to 5 years without permanent status, renewing their stay for additional time, where appropriate, if they purchase health insurance.

• Allow family members of Canadians to come and live in Canada for up to five years without permanent status, renewing their stay for additional time, where appropriate, provided that they purchase health insurance.

• Allow those coming to Canada on a super visa to purchase health insurance from the government of their province or territory on a cost-recovery basis where the provincial or territorial government wishes to offer this option.

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Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Drinking Water

Conservative's promise

Recognise safe drinking water as a fundamental human right; End long-term drinking water advisories; Target high-risk water systems; Work with Indigenous communities to find new approaches, such as regional or coalition-based governance, that will help ensure water systems investments are protected and continue providing clean drinking water in the long term.

Indigenous Broadband

Conservative's promise

Streamline the application process for broadband programs for Indigenous communities; Provide more support & develop more flexible funding arrangements; Provide technical support during the application process.

Indigenous Businesses

Conservative's promise

Provide $4M over 3 years in targeted funding to train local & regional economic development officers; Develop an Indigenous Business Mentorship Program; Update the First Nations Land Management Act; Improve opportunities for Indigenous businesses to receive government contracts by setting active targets, enforcing govt. accountability, and providing constructive feedback for unsuccessful bidders.

• Provide $4 million over three years in targeted funding for the hiring and training of local and regional economic development officers.

• In collaboration with municipal and First Nations organizations, promote mechanisms that foster relationships between municipalities and neighbouring First Nations.

• Utilizing the existing infrastructure of Indigenous national organizations (NACCA & CCAB), provide capacity building and business education to enhance and promote Indigenous business success and success stories.

• Develop an Indigenous Business Mentorship Program where Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs can connect with and receive guidance from others who have succeeded.

• Modernize the First Nations Land Management Act to bring it more in line with the Framework Agreement.

• Commit $25 million to a national police support and community training program to reduce the incarceration rates of Canada’s Indigenous communities.

• Working with Indigenous community groups, establish a national working group in the Canadian public service to encourage applications from Canada’s Indigenous communities.

• Improve opportunities for Indigenous businesses to receive government contracts by:

° Setting active targets and accountability mechanisms for departmental procurement officers.

° Ensuring procurement rules don’t unnecessarily exclude legitimate Indigenous businesses.

° Providing constructive feedback to unsuccessful bidders.

° Working with ISED, investigating new measures (or enhancing previous measures) through the Industrial and Technological Benefits policy to increase Indigenous business involvement in the defence and security industries.

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Indigenous Housing

Conservative's promise

Enact a "For Indigenous, By Indigenous" housing strategy.

Mental Health

Conservative's promise

Provide $1B over 5 years to boost funding for Indigenous mental health and drug treatment programs; Support innovative approaches, such as land-based treatment programs and programs delivered in Indigenous languages.

• Provide $1 billion over five years to boost funding for Indigenous mental health and drug treatment programs.

• Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs and programs delivered in Indigenous languages.

• Support the development of mental health and drug treatment programs by Indigenous people to develop capacity at the community level and allow for the delivery of culturally appropriate programs delivered in the appropriate Indigenous language.

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Natural Resources Development

Conservative's promise

Work with Indigenous-led organisations to support Indigenous communities partnering on projects; Guarantee loans to Indigenous groups to invest in projects, based on the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation; Provide $5B for investment in projects; Provide $10M/y to foster collaboration w/ Indigenous groups; Require govt. to consult with Indigenous communities before cancelling projects.

Work with First Nations and other Indigenous groups to ensure they are partners in prosperity and the development of our natural resources by creating a Canadian Indigenous Enterprise Corporation.

° Based on the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, it will apply rigorous market analysis to guarantee loans to Indigenous groups so they can invest in natural resource projects and related infrastructure.

° We will provide an initial $5 billion of capital for investment in projects.

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To promote mutually beneficial conversations between Indigenous communities and resource project proponents, we will provide $10 million per year to organizations that foster collaboration and encourage partnerships between these two groups.

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• Working with Indigenous-led organizations, such as the First Nations Major Project Coalition, the Indigenous Resource Network, the Indian Resource Council, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, the National Coalition of Chiefs, and First Nations LNG Alliance, to support communities that wish to become partners in good projects that meet high environmental standards.

• Creating the Canadian Indigenous Opportunities Corporation that will support First Nations and Inuit organizations seeking to purchase an equity stake in major projects.

° Based on the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, it will apply rigorous market analysis to guarantee loans to Indigenous groups so they can invest in natural resource and infrastructure projects.

° We will provide an initial $5 billion of capital for investment in projects across the country.

• Requiring future governments to consult with Indigenous Communities before cancelling approved projects when they have signed or are negotiating benefit agreements or partnerships.

• Implementing Article 18 of UNDRIP by working with First Nations to develop a transparent process that communities can use to identify who represents them in consultations if it is to be someone other than elected Chiefs.

• Working with First Nations and other Indigenous rights holders to develop a consultation process that allows for more meaningful dialogue.

• Creating a streamlined environmental review process for major projects that partner with First Nations during the environmental assessment phase.

° This will encourage early partnerships, allow the incorporation of traditional knowledge, and build confidence in the assessment process.

° For clarity, such agreements will not be prejudicial to First Nations consultation.

• Supporting Indigenous Protected Areas that safeguard culturally significant areas without alienating future benefits that may accrue to the impacted Indigenous community if used in a way that maintains those safeguards.

° Support an Indigenous Guardians program that will support communities in developing and maintaining protected areas, among other things.

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Residential Schools

Conservative's promise

Develop a comprehensive plan to implement TRC Calls to Action 71 through 76; Fund investigations at all former residential schools with unmarked graves; Develop a detailed set of resources to educate Canadians of all ages about residential schools; Build a national monument.

Develop a comprehensive plan to implement TRC Calls to Action 71 through 76.

Fund the investigation at all former residential schools in Canada where unmarked graves may exist, including the sites where children have already been discovered.

Ensure that proper resources are allocated for communities to reinter, commemorate, and honour any individuals discovered through the investigation, according to the wishes of their next of kin.

Develop a detailed and thorough set of resources to educate Canadians of all ages on the tragic history of residential schools in Canada.

Build a national monument in Ottawa that honours residential school survivors and all the children who were lost.

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Self-Determination

Conservative's promise

Train young Indigenous leaders, including through the Institute of Corporate Directors; Allow the First Nations Finance Authority to monetise government funding; Consult with First Nations to overhaul current funding models, with the goal of making it easier for First Nations to escape Third-Party Management, reduce red tape, and better incentives for moving towards block funding.

• Increase Indigenous governance capacity by training young Indigenous leaders including through the Institute of Corporate Directors.

• Empower the First Nations Finance Authority to monetize government funding, leveraging the market to supercharge First Nations infrastructure.

• Remain open to exploring innovative new models to fund and deliver social services and critical infrastructure.

• Develop, in collaboration with Indigenous groups, a National Action Plan that addresses violence against Indigenous women and girls.

• Consult with First Nations on overhauling the current funding models, with the goal of making it easier for First Nations to escape Third-Party Management, reducing red tape, and providing a clearer path with better incentives for moving towards block funding.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure Blockades

Conservative's promise

Make it illegal for protesters to block key infrastructure facilities or public transportation systems, like railways, with either summary conviction or indictment as punishment.

Infrastructure Funding

Conservative's promise

Shut down the Canada Infrastructure Bank and commit its funds to infrastructure projects such as Public-Private Partnerships.

We will continue already committed projects and return to the successful model used in the last Conservative government of working in partnership with provinces, municipalities, and First Nations to encourage the use of Public-Private Partnerships.

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Internet Infrastructure

Conservative's promise

Connect all of Canada to high-speed internet by 2025; Accelerate the plan to get rural broadband built; Speed up the spectrum auction process and apply "use it or lose" provisions; Disallow the use of Huawei equipment.

Municipal Proposals

Conservative's promise

Remove requirement for the infrastructure municipalities and First Nations are building to be green for it to receive federal funding.

Northern Infrastructure

Conservative's promise

Build the Grays Bay Port and Road Project, connecting Nunavut & NWT; Build the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Line; Complete the Tuktoyaktuk road and port & pursue an Arctic Gateway policy across the Canadian North; Build a large-scale project to provide clean power to the Yukon, developed in partnership with the Yukon Government.

Small Craft Harbours

Conservative's promise

Double annual funding for small craft harbours.

Trans-Canada Trail

Conservative's promise

Provide $12.5 million per year to continue building the Trans-Canada Trail.

International Relations

China

Conservative's promise

Work with allies to decouple critical supply chains from China; Recognise the Uyghur genocide and ban imports produced by enslaved Uyghur labour; End special treatment to Hong Kong; Ban Huawei from Canada's 5G infrastructure; Sanction human rights offenders in China.

• Work with our allies to build a “coalition of democracies” with the goal of decoupling critical parts of our supply chains from China.

• As the Government of Canada, recognize the Uyghur genocide and encouraging our allies to do the same.

• Ban imports that have been produced using forced and enslaved Uyghur labour.

• End policies that grant special treatment to Hong Kong, recognizing that Beijing’s decision to crack down on its autonomy eliminates the rationale for the special treatment.

• Support the people of Hong Kong fighting for freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law by:

° Supporting a “Young Talents” program to encourage young people from Hong Kong to study in Canada.

° Waiving records of arrest, charge or conviction related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong when processing visas.

° Providing documentation for those fleeing Hong Kong and seeking asylum in Canada who cannot obtain documentation from Hong Kong authorities.

• Withdraw from the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

• Ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G infrastructure and further investigate the company’s role in providing surveillance capabilities that have been used against the Uyghur people and other persecuted minorities in China.

• Advise universities against partnerships with China’s state-controlled companies and organizations and prohibit federal granting councils from participating in these partnerships.

• Join the UK proposition for a Digital 10 to protect free societies’ data and cyber sovereignty.

• Crack down on China’s foreign influence operations on Canadian soil by:

° Making it clear to China’s diplomats that any involvement in intimidation or threats to anyone in Canada provides grounds to be declared persona non grata and expelled from Canada;

° Revoking visas of Chinese nationals identified by national security agencies as conducting espionage or stealing intellectual property.

° Revoking the licenses of China’s state-run and state-controlled broadcasters that spread disinformation.

° Banning senior public office holders for five years after leaving office (including former Prime Ministers, Ministers, Clerks of the Privy Council, Deputy/Assistant Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors) from employment or contracts with China’s government or an entity controlled by China’s government. The ban would include doing work through a consulting or law firm.

• Use Canada’s Magnitsky sanctions law to sanction China’s worst human rights offenders.

• Grant asylum to mainland Chinese proponents of freedom and persecuted minorities, including Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners and others.

• Do everything to ensure that the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is not a platform for China’s global propaganda.

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Corruption

Conservative's promise

Advance the idea of an International Corruption Court.

Advance the idea of an International Corruption Court to prosecute the world’s worst offenders who deny progress and democracy on the backs of the world’s most vulnerable.

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Human Rights

Conservative's promise

Revise supply chain legislation to not import products made with slave labour; Create an International Human Rights Advisory Committee; Advocate for persecuted sexual minorities; Allow Parliament & citizens' groups to petition for officials to be listed under the Magnitsky Law.

• Dramatically revise supply chain legislation to meaningfully enforce Canada’s commitment not to import products made with slave labour.

• Make it a criminal offence for Canadians to go abroad to benefit from serious violations of human rights, such as becoming complicit in organ trafficking through receiving an organ that has been forcibly harvested.

• Place limits on the ability of the Government of Canada to grant waivers permitting those complicit in or responsible for serious human rights violations to come to Canada.

• Require the Minister of Foreign Affairs to table an annual report in Parliament outlining the work of the government to protect and promote human rights and democracy;

• Require the Government of Canada to maintain a public list of prisoners of conscience of particular concern, and create mechanisms by which citizens can petition to add names to that list.

• Create an International Human Rights Advisory Committee, with representation from a broad range of cultural and religious communities in Canada, advising the government on international human rights issues.

• Amend the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act to prevent Canadian development assistance that undermines international peace and security.

• Update the Sergei Magnitsky Law to allow Parliament and groups of citizens to directly petition the Minister to list officials under the law and require the Minister to respond in writing to petitions that have achieved a certain threshold of support.

• Restore Canadian leadership in advocating for persecuted sexual minorities in the face of repression. The Trudeau government has dispensed with standing as strong allies of LGBTQ advocates, bowing before authoritarians. A Conservative government will speak clearly and confidently for the inalienable human dignity of LGBTQ people and deploy resources to help their activists.

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India

Conservative's promise

Resume free trade talks with India; Propose regular joint security exercises with India; Pursue a long-term strategic nuclear energy and energy transition partnership; Launch technology, medicine, energy, and infrastructure initiatives, with clearly articulated objectives.

International Development

Conservative's promise

Maintain current aid levels while realigning international development programs; Avoid funding the Belt & Road initiative; Legislate $250M/y allocation to build resilience in fragile democracies; Reform "Direction & Control" regulation; Deploy a "Canadian Innovation Relief" fund.
  • Canada’s Conservatives will align international development with Canadian peace and security priorities. We will:
    • Ensure that Canadian development assistance will not advance the Communist Party of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
    • Amend the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act so that aid dollars do not support the interests of hostile regimes.
    • Support young people at risk of radicalization through Canadian leadership that prioritizes justice, democracy, and pro-pluralism education, as a defining feature of promoting development outcomes and improving global security. Canada’s Conservatives will:
      • Proactively advocate for and invest in education programs that emphasize inclusion, pluralism, and human rights, inspired by local narratives and traditions.
      • Defund programs aligned against Canadian values (including those delivered by UNRWA unless it is significantly reformed) and replace them with new education initiatives that uphold universal human dignity, pluralism, and peaceful coexistence.
      • Partner with and scale local civil society to deliver leadership, integrity, and teamwork skills to young people.
      • Support reforms in policing and justice systems that strengthen the rule of law, ensure the provision of justice to the world’s most marginalized, and provide the most vulnerable with the security they require to better their conditions.
  • As part of our efforts to advance justice, we will place a significant focus on combating extremism, human trafficking and the use of child soldiers, and abolishing all forms of modern-day slavery.
  • We will launch strategic partnerships in international development with regional allies where combined efforts and complementary strengths multiply impact.
    • This will include engagement with the Blue Dot and Clean networks in real and digital infrastructure.
  • Canada’s Conservatives will legislate a $250 million allocation from Canada’s annual International Assistance Envelope to build resilience in fragile democracies. This allocation will serve as a Canadian endowment for bilateral democracy programs, offering training, resources, and support to those confronting authoritarians and fighting for the success of their democracies.

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• Strengthen Canadian support for long-term agricultural development through partnerships, technology and information sharing, and training with producers in emerging economies.

• Identify, establish, and build coalitions in strategic locations worldwide that can cooperate on developing a global network of food security infrastructure which Canadian organizations can contribute to building and stocking.

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Canada’s Conservatives will reform onerous “Direction and Control” regulation, ensuring accountability for spending without requiring projects in developing countries to be directly controlled by Canadian charities.

• This change will allow Canadian organizations to develop respectful partnerships with organizations working on the ground in developing countries and reduce aid dependency by transferring administrative and control functions to empower local people and organizations.

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• Build markets and diaspora partnerships for poverty alleviation and economic development.

° Canada’s Conservatives will partner with diaspora communities in Canada in financing and improving development impact. This will involve scaling the development impact of remittances, and the greater use of market-based financing vehicles.

• End the fragmented manner in which the Liberals have managed our development finance institutions and instead consolidate Canada’s development finance by establishing a Canada Development Finance Corporation.

• Implement a “Post-Pandemic Compact for Growth Plan.” As the world emerges from the pandemic, now is the time to leverage investment, innovation and infrastructure around vaccine distribution and long-term health security in the poorest, most disadvantaged regions of the world.

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Iran

Conservative's promise

Impose Magnitsky sanctions on human rights violators in Iran; Designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity; Demand justice and compensation for the families of victims of downed Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752, and apply Magnitsky sanctions on those responsible.

• Hold the Iranian regime accountable for its reckless nuclear ambitions, malevolent state support of international terrorism, and human rights violations.

• Impose Magnitsky sanctions on gross human rights violators.

• Fulfill the motion adopted by Parliament and designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity.

• Engage with Iranians promoting women’s rights, human rights, and democracy.

• Establish an international Cyrus Trust supporting good relations between the peoples of the region in the areas of art, culture, academia, and civil society.

• Demand justice and compensation for families of victims of downed Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752, applying Magnitsky sanctions and pursuing legal avenues against those responsible.

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Israel & Palestine

Conservative's promise

Declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & move the Canadian embassy there; Boycott Durban IV; Oppose ICC involvement in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; Promote religious status quo regarding Al-Aqsa / Temple Mount; Expand trade & investment with Palestinian territories.

• Set clear objectives to enhance economic, political, and security cooperation to benefit both countries.

• Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem.

• Return Canada to its longstanding policy of not singling out Israel for criticism at the United Nations and international fora.

• Combat the delegitimization of Israel, including opposing the denial of the 5,000 years of indigenous Jewish history throughout the Middle East.

• Boycott Durban IV in September 2021.

• Oppose the International Criminal Court’s politicization and intrusion into bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

• Promote and support regional initiatives that foster peace between Israel and its neighbours.

To support the aspirations of the Palestinian people and a two-state solution leading to a Palestinian state, Canada’s Conservatives will:

• Support the current religious status quo surrounding Al-Aqsa / Temple Mount and recognize the special role that Jordan plays in the safeguarding of Holy Sites in Jerusalem.

• Enhance aid in a targeted manner in the areas of governance and institutional capacity building in support of eventual Palestinian statehood.

• Establish a Canada-Palestinian Territories Trust Account at the International Monetary Fund, with the objective of providing training and economic instruments upon the arrival of a two-state solution.

• Invest in the economic empowerment of Palestinian women and support economic and civil society projects and an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

• Expand trade initiatives and encourage economic cooperation between Canada and the Palestinian territories and, following the establishment of a Palestinian state, negotiate a separate free-trade agreement.

• Following the successful negotiation of a final status agreement, upgrade Canada’s representation to an embassy to a future Palestinian state.

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La Francaphonie

Conservative's promise

Encourage economic cooperation between democratic member countries of the OIF, and facilitate trade and investment between Canadian companies and OIF countries, particularly between Canada and Africa.

Religious Freedom

Conservative's promise

Mandate an Office of Religious Freedom and Conscience following Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Canada’s Conservatives will ensure that the Office of Religious Freedom and Conscience provides advice to Canadian ministers on threats to international security, engages in diplomacy to religious communities, and informs Canadian international development programs to promote freedom, pluralism, religious co-existence, and tolerance.

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Ukraine

Conservative's promise

Allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians visiting Canada; Expand Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine; Extend Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern Europe; Restore the provision of RADARSAT-2 data to Ukraine; Provide defensive military aide; Support democratic reforms.

• Allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians visiting Canada.

• Expand Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine, Canada’s military training operation.

• Extend Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern Europe, Canada’s largest current international military operation.

• Restore the provision of RADARSAT-2 data to Ukraine, currently denied by the Liberals.

• Provide Ukraine with defensive military aid, including enhanced Canadian assistance to NATO training for Ukrainian armed forces.

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United Nations

Conservative's promise

Audit all Canadian positions in multilateral institutions, in relation to national interests; Advocate against the International Criminal Court becoming a political body; Pursue reform of the UN Human Rights Council to prohibit human rights abusers from becoming members.

Jobs & the Economy

Agriculture

Conservative's promise

Adopt a grocery supply code to deal with abusive pricing & contracting practices; Meet with agricultural stakeholders to discuss AgriStability & other insurance programs; Implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Strategy; Extend right-to-repair to farm vehicles.

• Respect and defend supply management for our dairy and poultry farms and ensure that farming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting the sector and that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations.

• Open new markets for our livestock, grain, and oilseed producers in our free trade negotiations.

• Within our first 100 days in office, finalize compensation program for supply managed processors under CPTPP and CETA and negotiate a compensation package for farmers and processors impacted by CUSMA.

• Work with the US Administration to remove the CUSMA limits on Canadian exports of powdered milk to third-party countries and establish reciprocal norms to ensure that our quality standards are respected.

• Work with the provinces to adopt a grocery supply code to deal with retailers’ abusive pricing and contracting practices against farmers, producers, and processors.

° Certain grocery retail giants have imposed special fees and fines on suppliers.

° A code of conduct will guarantee Canadian consumers a reliable, affordable supply of food on their local grocers’ shelves.

• Protect family farms by ending unfair tax treatment

° The Trudeau Liberals defied Parliament by delaying the implementation of Bill C-208, despite it passing with broad support, and clearly plan to repeal it if they win a majority.

° We will ensure that the sale of a family farm to a family member is not taxed at a higher rate than a sale to a stranger.

• Improve payment security for farmers and food processors by creating a statutory deemed trust for suppliers of perishable produce in bankruptcy and harmonize our regime with that of the US to regain reciprocal protection under the U.S. Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

• Work towards greater harmonization of farm product regulations with our trading partners, especially the United States.

• Ensure our farm safety net programs are predictable, bankable, and manageable.

• Implement a plan to tackle rural crime and ensure that farm families feel safe.

• Amend existing laws to allow livestock owners to use local abattoirs, reducing both stress to the animals and the production of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from transportation to distant facilities and make permanent the temporary measures that allowed provincial authorities to enable collaboration across provinces to use their provincial abattoirs for products that would move across provincial borders.

• Protect our food supply by implementing a food security strategy including:

° Redirecting some federal agricultural research funding to partnering with the private sector to develop methods to grow more crops in Canada year-round in greenhouses.

• Work with provinces, industry and the CBSA to develop a national strategy to deal with a possible outbreak of African swine fever.

• Reform Business Risk Management programs, particularly AgriInvest and AgriRecovery.

• Bring agricultural stakeholders together for a summit-like meeting with the Minister of Agriculture to develop a way forward on insurance programs like AgriStability

• Modernize the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission

° To support farmers, we will make sure that the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) align with modern agricultural practices, global market requirements, and the needs of our farmers.

° Agriculture has changed drastically in recent decades. Unfortunately, the regulation of agriculture in Canada has not always kept up with the market. We will bring the CGA and CGC in line with today’s standards in consultation with farmers.

• Implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Strategy

° To better support farmers and food processors, we will help make sure they have access to the workers they need. Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic powerhouse with a global reputation for safe, high-quality products. Many parts of this sector, however, are hampered by chronic labour shortages across all skill levels. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food will develop a strategy for dealing with these labour shortages in close consultation with industry.

° We will: Recognize the need for international farm workers and facilitate their timely entrance into Canada to work on Canadian farms.

° Develop a long-term strategy to attract skilled workers to the meat processing sector, which is currently facing a 30,000 worker deficit that is putting Canada’s supply chains at risk and harming our long-term competitiveness.

• Extend “right to repair” to farm vehicles to provide farmers with choice on where to repair their vehicles.

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Airlines

Conservative's promise

Provide conditional support to airlines; Pass legislation implementing stronger protection for passengers based on the EU system, incl. entitlement to full refunds, not vouchers.

• Canada’s Conservatives will help the airline sector rebuild and get Canadian pilots, flight attendants, ground crews, mechanics, and all the other vital airline employees back to work.

° Support will be conditional on airlines agreeing to provide refunds to customers whose flights they cancelled, ending layoffs, restoring regional routes, allowing travel agents to maintain commissions collected for cancelled travel, and banning executive bonuses until the support is repaid.

• We will also pass legislation implementing strong protection of passengers’ rights based on the EU system. Among other things, this will make it clear that passengers are entitled to full refunds - not vouchers - when an airline cancels a flight and doesn’t offer an alternative.

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Conservative's promise

Pay 25-50% of the salary of net new hires for six months after the end of the CEWS.

° The government will pay at least 25% of the salary of a net new hire, with the subsidy increasing up to a maximum of 50% based on how long the new hire has been unemployed.

° The salary maximum will be the same as for CEWS.

° This will get Canadians back to work and particularly benefit the long-term unemployed.

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Charities and Non-Profits

Conservative's promise

Increase the disbursement quota for charitable foundations to 7.5%.

Competition

Conservative's promise

Imprison executives of companies who fix prices or abuse dominant positions; Break up companies who abuse dominant positions; Reject mergers that would substantially reduce competition and lead to layoffs and higher prices

Construction Work

Conservative's promise

Introduce a Construction Mobility Tax Credit allowing construction workers to subtract up to $4,000 per year of temporary relocation expenses from taxable income.

Credit Card Fees

Conservative's promise

Update the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry to protect against fraud, unwarranted chargebacks, etc.

Employee Ownership

Conservative's promise

Establish Employee Ownership Trusts to provide a tax advantage for company owners to sell to their employees. This would be a reduction in capital gains tax when the owner sells to a trust owned by employees; Ensure the BDC makes financing available to support these trusts.

Entrepreneurship

Conservative's promise

Introduce flow-through shares for tech companies; Exempt Canadian-controlled & HQed start-ups from stock options tax; Provide a tax credit for buying from a Canadian start-up; Direct the government to buy from Canadian start-ups.

• Introducing the use of flow-through shares for tech companies, based on the very successful model that has made Canada a leader in mining financing but avoiding the cost and complexity of listing on an exchange;

• Exempt Canadian-controlled start-ups headquartered and with at least 2/3 of their employees in Canada from the current plan to tax stock options.

° Public company executives should pay their fair share - stock options cannot be a tax loophole for the rich.

° At the same time, stock options provide an incentive for workers to join a risky start-up instead of working at a stable job. We will ensure that tax changes don’t endanger this key tool, knowing that if Canada does so it will drive innovative companies to relocate elsewhere.

• Create a tax credit for buying from a Canadian start-up.

° Canadian innovators used to complain about the challenge of raising venture capital funding here. These days, the world’s top VCs come here to invest because they know how talented Canadians are. Yet our innovators still face a challenge scaling due to a lack of first sales to Canadian customers who they can reference to grow their businesses internationally.

° This credit will encourage established Canadian companies to become the first customers for our innovative companies.

• Direct the Canadian government to finally start buying from innovative Canadian start-ups.

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Film & Television

Conservative's promise

Require large digital streaming services to reinvest a portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, with a mandated proportion of French language programming.

Require large digital streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video to reinvest a significant portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, of which a mandated proportion must be French language programming.

° If they fail to do so on their own in a given year, they will be required to pay the difference into the Canadian Media Fund.

° The proportion chosen will vary based on the nature of the streaming service and would be determined based on the best practices of other jurisdictions, such as those in Europe and Australia, as well as the nature of the Canadian market.

° Content reinvestment requirements will also recognize and incentivize partnerships with Canadian independent media producers.

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Hospitality and Tourism

Conservative's promise

Provide a 50% rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in Monday-Wednesday for one month; Provide a 15% tax credit for vacation expenses in Canada up to $1,000 in 2022; End increases to liquor taxes

Innovation

Conservative's promise

Invest $5B in projects aimed at major advances in several fields, all managed by a new agency in Calgary; Cut 50% of taxes on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here; Cover up to $10K of costs on the first 5 patents filed by small or medium businesses.

Canada’s Conservatives will invest $5 billion over the next five years to fund programs aimed at making major advances in:

• Use of hydrogen;

• Small Modular Reactors

° Including funding the work being done in Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick on nuclear energy technology and the work being done in Alberta on applying SMR technology to reduce GHG emissions in the resource sector;

• Private sector innovation in the space sector;

• Electric vehicle development and manufacturing, including electric trucks, micro-mobility, batteries, and parts manufacturers; and

• Pharmaceutical research and production.

This investment will be managed by a new Canada Advanced Research Agency headquartered in Calgary, where it will take advantage of Alberta’s highly educated workforce and help diversify the Alberta economy.

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Canada’s Conservatives will make Canada a low tax jurisdiction for innovation and new product development by introducing a “patent box” regime to cut the tax rate in half on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here.

Recognizing the importance of protecting more Canadian innovation with patents, Canada’s Conservatives will cover up to $10,000 of the administrative and legal costs of each of the first five patents filed by any Canadian small or medium-sized business.

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International Trade

Conservative's promise

Only make agreements w/ countries that respect workers & environment; Create a strategy to move supply chains away from China; Withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure & Investment Bank; Pursue a Canada-Australia-New Zealand-UK agreement; Expand the CPTPP; Pursue deeper ties with India; Develop export markets for Canadian nuclear technology & uranium.

• Only pursue free trade agreements with free countries that respect workers’ rights and maintain high environmental standards.

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• Reform Canada’s procurement rules to create a vital national interest category that must be sourced in Canada;

• Create a strategy to repatriate and diversify supply chains to move them away from China.

• Protect Canadian intellectual property with a strengthened Investment Canada Act that includes:

° A presumption against allowing the takeover of Canadian companies by China’s designated state-owned entities;

° A reformed “net benefits” test to better account for the potential effects of a transaction on the broader innovation ecosystem with a particular focus on protecting intellectual property and human capital;

° Automatic review of transactions involving sensitive sectors such as defence, artificial intelligence, and rare earth minerals; and

° A mandatory national security review.

• Withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank.

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• Pursue a Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom (“CANZUK”) agreement that could include:

° Free trade and flow of capital investment between the partners;

° Reciprocal freedom to study, live and work for citizens under expanded areas of labour coordination as agreed upon by all parties;

° Enhanced defence and security partnerships, including defence production agreements to allow for shared procurement; and

° Expanded intelligence cooperation, especially in the areas of cyber-warfare, combatting disinformation, and protecting critical infrastructure.

• Build deeper ties with India as part of an Indo-Pacific strategy, including:

° Continuing to pursue free trade with India while concurrently pursuing an investment treaty to expand upon Canadian strengths as one of the world’s largest investors in India.

• Leverage Canadian leadership in fintech by working to remove barriers for Canadian firms, provide Canadian regulatory expertise and best practices, support cooperation against illicit finance, and promote financial inclusion in developing regions.

• Seek to enlarge the CPTPP deal and pursue setting rules for digital trade through the CPTPP.

• Advocate for the speedy conclusion of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

• Pursue a partnership with Africa’s Continental Free Trade in infrastructure, energy, and technology.

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• Launch a historic trade promotion effort connecting all aspects of Canadian industries with international opportunities.

• Animate the full potential of the Canada-UK trade deal, encouraging complementary strengths for international joint ventures, employing more Canadians, advancing Canadian products and services, and pursuing robust economic growth.

• Establish a trade accelerator connecting all sectors of the Canadian economy with EU commercial opportunities, measuring progress in job creation and long-term economic projects.

• Assist Canada’s nuclear industry with pursuing sales of Canadian nuclear technology to help other countries reduce their GHG emissions.

• Engage countries in the Middle East, including by pursuing opportunities created by a warm Emirati-Israeli peace.

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Interprovincial Trade

Conservative's promise

Convene a First Ministers Meeting on interprovincial trade; Introduce an Admitted Free Act clarifying federal intentions on interprovincial trade and Section 121 of the Constitution

Investment

Conservative's promise

Provide a 5% investment tax credit for any capital investment in 2022 and 2023, with the first $25,000 to be refundable for small business; Provide a 25% tax credit on amounts up to $100,000 that Canadians personally invest in a small business over the next two years.

News Media & Journalism

Conservative's promise

Introduce a digital media royalty framework requiring digital platforms to compensate media outlets for content shared; Reduce government spending on advertising on foreign-owned platforms and instead direct ad spending to Canadian media; End the $600M journalism fund.

Northern Economy

Conservative's promise

Revive mine training in Nunavut, in partnership with mining companies; Work with territories, local Indigenous communities, & Parks Canada to find opportunities to build the eco-tourism economy in Northern parks; Work with governments & communities in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to develop community-based marine-fisheries.

Parental Leave

Conservative's promise

Allow those on maternity and parental leave to earn up to $1,000 per month.

Part-Time, Contract, & Gig Workers

Conservative's promise

Require gig economy companies to make contributions equivalent to CPP and EI premiums into a new, portable Employee Savings Account every time they pay workers. The money would grow tax-free and can be withdrawn by the worker when needed.

Pensions

Conservative's promise

Ensure pensioners have priority over shareholders & executives during bankruptcy or restructuring; Prevent executives from being paid bonuses while restructuring if the pension plan isn't fully funded; Stop forcing underfunded pension plans to be converted into annuities.

Canada’s Conservatives will change legislation to ensure that pensioners have priority over corporate elites in bankruptcy or restructuring.

We will also better protect pensions by:

• Preventing executives from paying themselves bonuses while managing a company going through restructuring if the pension plan is not fully funded;

• No longer forcing underfunded pension plans from being converted to annuities, something that currently locks in losses and results in workers getting less money; and

• Requiring companies to report the funding status of their pension plans more clearly.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Regulation

Conservative's promise

Appoint a Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction to eliminate regulations at least once per year; Create an Office of Regulatory Best Practice; Create a Fast Track Certification Process for products that have already been approved in comparable jurisdictions

° Appoint a Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction tasked with introducing and passing at least one red tape reduction bill per year, eliminating unneeded or counterproductive red tape.

° Create an Office of Regulatory Best Practice with business members who evaluate the costs of new regulation.

° Form Industry Councils (biotech, retail, etc.) that will provide recommendations on world-leading regulation.

° Improving cost-benefit analysis of regulatory proposals by requiring consultation with industry so that regulators understand the true impact and consider lower-impact alternatives to achieve the same result.

° Fix the Impact Assessment process that is making it impossible to build major projects in Canada, based on the bipartisan Senate recommendations, and repeal Trudeau’s Tanker Ban.

° Create a Fast Track Certification Process that provides a faster path to approval for products that have already been approved in comparable jurisdictions.

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Scientific Research & Exp. Dev

Conservative's promise

Move administration of the Scientific Research & Experimental Development program from CRA to ISED, under the same group that administers IRAP; Allow ISED to issue a certificate of allowable deductions; Make it easier for software dev to qualify for SR&ED

We will streamline and accelerate the SR&ED program. This important program is a badly broken administrative nightmare that fuels an ecosystem of consultants and advisory firms instead of focusing on research and development. Overall, 25% of SR&ED funding goes to consultants rather than innovators. To fix it, we will:

• Move administration from CRA to ISED and have the program administered by the same group that administers the IRAP program;

• Allow ISED to issue a certificate of allowable deductions which would then be accepted by CRA, saving significant compliance paperwork and allowing innovators to focus on innovating instead of filling out forms; and

• Making it easier for software development to qualify for SR&ED.

We will then launch a review of all innovation programs at ISED and across the government to ensure they are as simple as possible, to remove duplication, and to ensure that all innovation spending benefits Canada by:

• Requiring that recipients demonstrate that intellectual property, production, ownership, and profits are likely to stay in Canada;

• Prohibit foreign state-owned entities or those with ties to foreign militaries from receiving funding;

• Requiring that all intellectual property developed with the support of the Canadian government be held by a Canadian entity and that recipients agree to pay back the subsidy if they sell the IP to a foreign buyer;

• Ending the payment of Canadian tax dollars to large foreign tech companies; and

• Putting any money saved by no longer subsidizing foreign multinationals into increasing SR&ED generosity for Canadian small business.

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Small Businesses

Conservative's promise

Provide loans of up to $200,000 for small and medium businesses in hospitality, retail, and tourism, with up to 25% forgiven and similar terms to CEBA loans; Make BDC loans accessible to small businesses; Fix the mortgage stress test

• Launching the Main Street Business Loan to provide loans of up to $200,000

° The $60,000 Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan is too small for thousands of small and medium businesses.

° Canada’s Conservatives will immediately offer a loan on similar terms but offering up to 4 months of pre-pandemic revenue up to a maximum of $200,000

We will forgive up to 25% depending on a company’s revenue loss.

• Making the first $25,000 of our Canada Investment Accelerator refundable for small business,providing a 5% investment tax credit for any capital investment made in 2022 and 2023.

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• Reform BDC to ensure that its loan programs are accessible to small businesses.

° This will include broadening BDC’s mandate to have it guarantee a portion of loans that Canada’s banks make to small business, in the same way that CMHC guarantees mortgages.

• Look for ways to make it easier to start a business and reduce the time that entrepreneurs spend dealing with government when they should be concentrating on their business.

• Fix the mortgage stress test to stop discriminating against small business owners, contractors and other non-permanent employees including casual workers.

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Supply Management

Conservative's promise

Ensure that farming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting the dairy and poultry sectors, and that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations; Finalize compensation programs within first 100 days.

• Respect and defend supply management for our dairy and poultry farms and ensure that farming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting the sector and that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations.

• Open new markets for our livestock, grain, and oilseed producers in our free trade negotiations.

• Within our first 100 days in office, finalize compensation program for supply managed processors under CPTPP and CETA and negotiate a compensation package for farmers and processors impacted by CUSMA.

• Work with the US Administration to remove the CUSMA limits on Canadian exports of powdered milk to third-party countries and establish reciprocal norms to ensure that our quality standards are respected.

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Tax Evasion

Conservative's promise

Provide more funding to the CRA, increasing to $750M/year, for stronger enforcement of taxation for multinational firms, of large corporations, international taxation, and other tax evasion.

Taxation

Conservative's promise

Make the Taxpayer Ombudsman an officer of Parliament with order-making authority; Launch a review of the tax system to improve competitiveness, reduce rates, and simplify rules; Revise CRA penalties; Allow businesses with less than $60k in revenues to use simple cash accounting; Study introducing new taxes on frequent flyers, non-electric luxury vehicles, & second homes.

• Make the Taxpayer Ombudsman an officer of Parliament with order-making authority;

• Measure and report on the tax gap, in detail, by type of taxation and reason for the shortfall (similar to the UK model) so that CRA resources can be allocated where the problems exist;

• Impose a duty of care (a legal obligation to a reasonable standard) on CRA;

• Launch a comprehensive review of Canada’s tax system to improve competitiveness, bring down rates and simplify the rules;

• Revise CRA’s penalties so that first-time problems or errors receive only minor fines, with increasing severity for repeat offenders;

• Create a “welcome to CRA” program and materials for new small businesses; and

• Allow businesses with less than $60,000 in revenues to use simple cash accounting.

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Tech Giants

Conservative's promise

Introduce a digital services tax of 3% gross revenue in Canada for companies that don't pay corporate income tax in Canada; Create a technology task force in the Competition Bureau to examine whether big tech dominance & anti-competitive behaviour is damaging to Canadian industry

Canada’s Conservatives will create a technology task force within the Competition Bureau to examine whether dominance and anti-competitive behaviour of big tech is damaging to Canadian industry. We will examine how algorithms and data give big tech an advantage over Canadian business, as well as how fintech and new technologies could foster improved competition.

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Unions & Worker Control

Conservative's promise

Require federally-regulated employers w/ over 1K employees or $100M in annual revenue to include worker representation on their boards; Work w/ unions on updating the Labour Code to remove barriers to unionisation; Give unions standing at the Canada International Trade Tribunal.

• Give workers a seat at the table by requiring federally regulated employers with over 1,000 employees or $100 million in annual revenue to include worker representation on their boards of directors;

• Level the playing field between unions and multinationals by consulting with union leaders and then implementing changes to the Canada Labour Code to remove barriers that prevent unions from organizing large employers with a history of anti-labour activity;

• Work with unions to modernize the Canada Labour Code to provide more flexibility in working hours and working from home.

• Give unions standing at the Canada International Trade Tribunal to allow them to bring actions on issues like dumping.

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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Addiction & the Opioid Crisis

Conservative's promise

Invest $325M over 3 years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & build 50 recovery community centres; Support innovative projects; Partner with provinces to ensure Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health challenges and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs.

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Mental Health Coverage

Conservative's promise

Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years.

Mental Health Services

Conservative's promise

Propose provinces partner with us to ensure an additional 1M people/year can receive mental health treatment; Provide $150M over 3 years in grants to non-profits & charities providing mental health & wellness programming; Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline

• Propose to the provinces that they partner with us by dedicating a significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every year;

• Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years;

• Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programming; and

• Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.

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Miscarriages & Stillbirth

Conservative's promise

Allow support parents who have experienced a miscarriage three days of paid bereavement leave; Ensure EI parental is extended for at least 8 weeks following the death of an infant; Provide up to 8 weeks of paid leave from employment after a child's death or stillbirth.

Natural Resources & Extraction

Aquaculture

Conservative's promise

Maintain removal of salmon farms from the Discovery Islands; Assign responsibility for industry growth to another department, so DFO can focus on enforcement; Create a modern Aquaculture Act; Ensure the DFO & CFIA are adequately resourced; Strengthen salmon farm monitoring reqs.

• Maintain the decision to remove salmon farms from the Discovery Islands, but model the transition after the process that has been undertaken in the Broughton Archipelago to be more respectful of local First Nations, communities, and workers;

• Assign responsibility for the management and sustainable growth of the sector to a department other than DFO so that DFO can be solely focused on enforcement;

• Create a modern Aquaculture Act that can help restore public confidence;

• Ensure the roles of DFO and the CFIA are clearly defined in the National Aquatic Animal Health Program and adequately resourced;

• Strengthen monitoring requirements for salmon farms;

• Develop, in consultation with industry, First Nations, communities and other stakeholders, a comprehensive Salmon Aquaculture Management Strategy that addresses both the risks and opportunities of this sector; and

• Develop a tax incentive program for the development and adoption of technologies that reduce contact between wild and farmed salmon.

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Fisheries

Conservative's promise

Prioritize stock assessments, stock recovery planning, & enforcement of catch limits, incorporating climate change risks; Work w/ Indigenous rights-holders & commercial harvesters to develop management plans; Create a Seafood Development Agency; Develop a Pacific Salmon Strategy.

• Prioritize stock assessments, stock recovery planning and enforcement of science-based catch limits because these have been shown to be the most important predictors of well-managed fisheries. We will also ensure that stock recovery plans incorporate climate change risks.

• Strengthen the role of advisory bodies in fisheries management to enhance cooperation between resource users and ensure that commercial, recreational, and cultural fishers can all have confidence in management decisions.

• Work collaboratively with Indigenous rights-holders and commercial harvesters to develop management plans which fulfill the rights recognized in the Marshall decisions, protect the sustainability of our fisheries, and ensure that coastal communities can continue to thrive.

• Improve the Marine Protected Area (MPA) designation processes by:

° Ensuring that MPAs are focused on contributing to the sustainability of critical stocks;

° Restoring meaningful public consultation to the MPA process; and

° Exploring the feasibility of new models, such as dynamic MPAs, that will improve climate change resiliency.

• Work with stakeholders, First Nations, and regional jurisdictions to implement ecosystem-based fisheries management, including control of abundant predator populations which impact commercial and SARA-listed species.

• Update and strengthen DFO’s national aquatic invasive species program and ensure that the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations are being implemented.

• Address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, seafood fraud and ghost gear.

• Restore community-based conservation initiatives like the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, provide more support for hatcheries, and support public conservation education initiatives.

• Create a Canadian Seafood Development Agency to advance the sustainable growth of the sector

° The Agency will be responsible for developing a long-term strategy and sustainable growth plan in partnership with the provinces.

• Work with governments and communities in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to develop community-based marine fisheries, which will help create employment and fight local and regional food insecurity.

° For communities across Inuit Nunangat, oceans are an essential lifeline and source of food.

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Building on the commitments already outlined above, we will develop a Pacific Salmon Strategy focused on making measurable progress toward restoring at-risk stocks. This will include:

• Enforcing a strict timeline for the completion of stock assessments;

• Prioritizing funding for community-led habitat restoration or other projects that support at-risk stocks;

• Ensuring the Salmonid Enhancement Program is sufficiently resourced to support at-risk stocks;

• Increasing support for and engagement with Indigenous- and community-led hatchery and enhancement projects;

• Implementing mass-marking programs at BC fish hatcheries and allowing mark-selective harvest of salmon in BC’s sport fishery, protecting sensitive fish populations while maintaining the health of BC’s public fishery;

• Creating a pinniped management plan that will address threats to at-risk stocks in a balanced way; and

• Identifying the likelihood of future threats due to climate change.

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Forestry

Conservative's promise

Resolve the Softwood Lumber Dispute with the US; Establish a Task Force on Woodland Caribou; Increase funding to control forest pest species; Invest in early detection of wildfires; Work with Provinces, Territories, and stakeholders to develop a Forestry Future Strategy.

• Resolve the Softwood Lumber Dispute with the United States

° To ensure that our forestry workers are protected and treated fairly, we will work with the US government to find a solution to this continuing dispute that Justin Trudeau has ignored. Canadian lumber producers are paying tariffs of over 20 percent on exports to the US, costing the industry millions of dollars and shuttering mills across the country.

• Establish a Task Force on the Woodland Caribou

° To protect the woodland caribou while ensuring that the forestry sector remains strong, we will establish a task force to work collaboratively with provinces and local communities to propose solutions sensitive to local expertise and management.

• Protect our Forests from Pests

° Forest pests are expected to become increasingly problematic due to climate change. To control the species that pose a substantial threat to forest health, we will increase funding to control pest species in national parks and federal lands.

• Improve our Response to Wildfires

° We will invest in remote sensing and other technology that will improve the early detection of wildfires and better predict fire behaviour

• Develop a Forestry Future Strategy

° We will work with Provinces, Territories, and industry stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of forestry that includes pathways to helping fight climate change and the development of new wood technology and bioproducts.

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Conservative's promise

Promote development and export of LNG, including through projects like LNG Canada, through an LNG Export Strategy.

Mining

Conservative's promise

Implement a Critical Minerals Strategy, including policies to facilitate mining lithium; Support initiatives to recover critical minerals from historical mine wastes while remediating long-term environmental liabilities; Adopt a pan-Canadian low carbon aluminum purchasing policy.

Also:

Work to secure greater access to markets for our mining exports, including uranium exports to responsible countries for use in civilian programs to curb emissions and empower economic development.

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Off-Shore Oil

Conservative's promise

Invest $1.5 billion in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry.

Pipelines

Conservative's promise

Build the Trans Mountain Expansion; Push for the continued operation of Line 3 & Line 5; Make pipelines exporting Canadian oil a priority.

Public Safety & Policing

Domestic Violence

Conservative's promise

Consider a victim of assault in a domestic or dependent relationship with the perpetrator as an aggravating factor on sentencing; Put in place a mandatory minimum of 2 years if the Crown can show that an assault is part of a pattern of conduct with the victim; Enact Clare's Law.
  • Amending the Criminal Code so that it is an aggravating factor on sentencing for assault where the victim is in a domestic or dependent relationship with the person.
  • Adding a provision to the Criminal Code that specifies the offence is an indictable offence and provides for a mandatory minimum penalty of two years where the Crown can show that an offence of assault, assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm, or aggravated assault is part of a pattern of conduct with the victim, with the Crown required to give notice before trial of its intention to seek this elevated sentence.
  • Prohibiting those under peace bond or the subject of a protective order from possessing a “firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, or all such thing”.
  • Enacting Clare’s Law so that when police investigate a complaint of alleged domestic violence, they are required to notify the victim of the suspect’s relevant criminal history.

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Canada’s Conservatives will support victims by:

• Making it easier for women fleeing domestic violence to hide their new location from their abusers.

• Expanding the Canada Child Benefit by $500 per month per child for the first year and $250 per month per child for the second year for women with children living in women’s shelters to help them transition to more long-term housing.

• Creating a fund to incentivize educational institutions and private sector organizations to partner with women’s shelters to provide career training for the women they serve.

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Gang Violence

Conservative's promise

Hire 200 RCMP officers based in the GTA and Lower Mainland to combat gangs & the smuggling of guns and drugs; Create an entities list of criminal gangs; Work with the private sector to create a Gang Exit Strategy program; Develop and expand programs to keep youth out of gangs.
  • Hiring an additional 200 RCMP officers to combat gangs and the smuggling of guns and drugs.
    • The officers will be based in the GTA and the Lower Mainland and will help keep our communities safe.
  • Establishing an entities list for criminal gangs.
    • This would eliminate the requirement for Crown Attorneys to prove that an organization is a criminal organization and would only require the Crown to prove that the accused is a member of such an organization.
  • Amending the automatic detention provisions of the Criminal Code by adding:
    • “with an offence in the commission of which violence was allegedly used, threatened or attempted and the accused had previously been convicted of for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with, a criminal organization”.
  • Amending the Criminal Code so that usage of the same firearm by two separate individuals in the commission of a crime would create a rebuttable presumption that a criminal organization committed the offences.
  • Partnering with the private sector to create a Gang Exit Strategy program that will see the power of the private sector harnessed to give offenders the opportunity to escape a cycle of violence and start fresh in a new location with gainful employment and the support needed to leave behind a life of crime.
  • Working with partner organizations across the country to develop and expand programs to keep youth out of gangs.

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Gun Violence

Conservative's promise

Target "straw purchasing"; Further penalize unauthorised import or possession of a firearm, & possession for a dangerous purpose; Expand the Firearms Tracing & Enforcement database nationally; Make seizing firearms easier for police; Repeal C-71 & the May 2020 Order in Council.
  • Cracking down on “straw purchasing” of firearms by:
    • Amending the Firearms Act so that an individual who, on three separate occasions during a calendar year, transfers a firearm for financial consideration must have a firearms business license.
    • Amending the Criminal Code to add the following aggravating factors on sentencing:
      • The number of firearms transferred
      • Whether financial consideration was exchanged
      • The amount of monetary consideration
  • Amending the Criminal Code provisions on unauthorized importing so that:
    • It is an aggravating factor on sentencing if more than one firearm is imported otherwise than under the authority of the Firearms Act
    • A mandatory minimum penalty of three years applies where the unauthorized importing occurs for financial consideration.
  • Supporting specialized enforcement against illegal firearms
    • CBSA and RCMP, working closely with American authorities in the United States, will target smuggling operations before illegal firearms reach the border, including by improving and expanding the RCMP contribution to the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams.

[...]

  • Amending the Criminal Code provisions on possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose to make it an aggravating factor on sentencing where an individual commits the offence while the subject of a prohibition order under the Firearms Act and had previously been convicted of an offence under that section or an offence against the person while in possession of a firearm.
    • The offence will carry a sentence of from two to ten years.
  • Amending the Criminal Code provisions on the unauthorized possession of a firearm by imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of two years if the person was the subject of a prohibition order at the time of the events giving rise to the conviction or had been previously convicted of an offence involving a firearm.
  • Partnering with the Ontario Provincial Police to expand the Firearms Tracing and Enforcement database nationally and taking steps to ensure that all crime guns are submitted for testing and analysis and inclusion in this database.

[...]

We will start by repealing C-71 and the May 2020 Order in Council and conducting a review of the Firearms Act with participation by law enforcement, firearms owners, manufacturers, and members of the public. We will then update legislation by introducing a simplified classification system and codifying it in law so that it is clear what types of firearms fit into each category and classification decisions can be made quickly, and with the public and firearms owners having confidence that they are not arbitrary. The legislation will also - for the first time - contain definitions of currently ambiguous terms like “variant.”

[...]

  • Mandating the automatic surrender to law enforcement of firearms where an individual has been charged with an offence against the person while requiring law enforcement to return the firearms if the charge is dismissed.

  • Amending the Firearms Act to authorize a hospital, mental institute, psychiatric clinic, or medical professional to give notice to the Chief Firearms Officer if they provide treatment for a mental illness to a person whom they reasonably believe possesses a firearm and may pose a danger to themself or others.

  • Developing a suicide prevention strategy that encourages people – including legal firearms owners – to seek help when they need it.

    • The current system adds to the stigma associated with mental health and discourages firearms owners from seeking help.
  • Amending firearms laws to ensure that no administrative expiry could lead to criminal charges or the seizure of a licence holder’s firearm(s).

    • Until an expired licence is renewed, it would remain illegal for licence holders to acquire, by any means, new firearms or ammunition.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Harmful Online Content

Conservative's promise

Clearly criminalise statements that encourage violence against people or identifiable groups, focusing on online incitement; Provide $25M to law enforcement to quickly investigate online threats of violence, hate speech, & disinformation campaigns by foreign governments or extremist groups; Require social media platforms to remove illegal content, such as content that incites violence.

Human Trafficking

Conservative's promise

Make human trafficking laws consistent with the Palermo Protocol; Eliminate Preliminary Inquiries for sexual assault cases; Use consecutive sentences; Set procuring as an offence that may be subject to forfeiture of proceeds of crime; Provide $100M for police training.
  • Strengthen human trafficking laws by making them consistent with the Palermo Protocol and removing the requirement to prove that a trafficker exercised fear or intimidation over a victim.
  • Eliminate Preliminary Inquiries in cases of sexual assault to prevent the revictimization of individual victims, including children, who deserve our protection.
  • Amend the Criminal Code to clarify that an offence takes place in Canada where, at the time of the offence, the victim was present in Canada.
  • Implement legislation to ensure human traffickers serve consecutive sentences for multiple human trafficking offences.
  • Amend the Criminal Code by adding procuring offences to the list of designated offences that may be subject to the forfeiture of proceeds of crime. This will ensure that those who profit off sexual exploitation can have their profits seized, the same as drug dealers or criminal organizations.
  • Provide $100 million over five years to support training for non-provincial police forces in the areas of:
    • Sexual exploitation
    • Cyber-security and online offences; and,
    • Investigation of sexual offences.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

National Security

Conservative's promise

Mandate a Minister of National Security & Public Safety with addressing threats; Establish a permanent task force to address foreign interference; Pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act; Make it an offence for entities who have spent more than $100k in a year on political activity to receive foreign donations; Amend the Elections Act.

Mandate a Minister of National Security & Public Safety with securing Canadians from threats by addressing data and cybersecurity, information operations, threats from foreign actors against Canadian residents, extremist financing, space and surveillance, and industry and critical infrastructure.

Protect Canadian democracy from foreign interference. The Trudeau government adopted limited measures to address disinformation and influence operations before the 2019 federal election. Those efforts ended with the election, and the government has not developed or implemented a permanent strategy to address the long-term threat. Canada’s Conservatives will recognize that information warfare and influence operations do not simply target our election cycles but are a persistent threat to our entire democratic system.

To protect our democracy from foreign interference, we will:

 • Establish a permanent task force to address foreign interference that will:

° Address disinformation and influence operations online and on our streets and will bring together National Defence, Global Affairs, CSIS, CSE, provincial and municipal agencies, civil society, social media platforms and media.

° Address threats from foreign actors against Canadian residents, including recently reported operations against diaspora communities in Canada.

° Engage our allies and other democracies to monitor, detect, and expose foreign disinformation attacks and threats from foreign actors.

• Pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act requiring individuals and companies acting as agents of designated foreign principals (country, corporation, entity or individual) in a political or quasi-political capacity including lobbying, policy development, advertising, and grassroots mobilization to register. Requirements for disclosure would include the amount of payment, the nature of the relationship, and the activities performed.

• Make it an offence for any entity that has spent more than $100,000 in a calendar year on political activity of any kind (federal, provincial, or municipal) to receive foreign donations of any amount.

• Amend the Elections Act to:

° Prohibit any entity that receives more than 2.5% of its total donations from foreign sources during the year before the writ period from advertising during the writ period or during the pre-election period.

° Create a positive obligation to trace all funds expended by an entity during a writ period to Canadian sources.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Security Infrastructure

Conservative's promise

Double funding for the Security Infrastructure Program, simplify the application process, remove the need to demonstrate risk, and allow funding to be used for a broader list of expenses, such as paying security guards and training volunteers.

Québec

Official Languages

Conservative's promise

Work with the Québec government to apply the French Language Charter to federally-regulated businesses operating in Québec; Table legislation within 100 days to modernise the Official Languages Act; Create a new $30M/year budgetary envelope to provide federal funding to minority francophone post-secondary institutions; Increase support for francophone primary & elementary education.

• Work with the Government of Québec to apply the French Language Charter to federally regulated businesses operating in Québec.

• Table, within our first 100 days in government, legislation modernizing the Official Languages Act.

° The Liberals haven’t acted in six years, and Canada’s francophone minorities have waited long enough.

° The new legislation will:

 - Increase the powers of the Official Languages Commissioner.

 - Give Treasury Board the authority and responsibility for ensuring the application of the Act across federal departments.

 - Create an Official Languages administrative tribunal to deal with citizen complaints.

 - Include stronger positive obligations in Part VII of the Act.

 - Create more robust mechanisms for the consultation of Official Language minorities.

• Create a new $30 million per year budgetary envelope to provide federal funding to minority francophone post-secondary institutions such as Université de Moncton, the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, and the Ontario French University and participate significantly in their future financing, in collaboration with the provinces.

• Increase support for francophone primary and elementary education via the Official Languages in Education Program to reflect demographic growth in the minority francophone student population.

• Increase francophone immigration outside Québec to ensure that the demographic weight of francophone minorities will be maintained.

• Adopt an official French version of the 1867 British North America Act, for which only the English version currently has official status.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Seniors & Senior Care

Aging in Place

Conservative's promise

Pay $200 per month per household to Canadians living with and taking care of a parent over the age of 70.

Long-Term Care

Conservative's promise

Amend the Criminal Code to make it clear that the operator of a licensed care facility shall be presumed to have legal duty to the residents.

Senior Women

Conservative's promise

Develop a national strategy to address poverty and violence for senior Canadian women.

Transit & Transportation

Zero-Emission Vehicles

Conservative's promise

Require 30% of light-duty vehicles sold to be zero-emissions by 2030; Invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada; Add mandatory charging stations or wiring for chargers to the national building code; Require every federal government building to have a charging station by 2025; Support improved electric vehicle battery repurposing and recycling.

• Introducing a zero emission vehicle mandate based on British Columbia’s, requiring 30% of light duty vehicles sold to be zero emissions by 2030;

• Working with the Biden administration to strengthen vehicle emission standards in North America;

• Investing in transmission infrastructure to bring clean energy to where it’s needed and ensure that our electricity grid can support the growth in electric vehicles;

• Investing a billion dollars in building out electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada, including investing in battery production, parts manufacturing, micro-mobility solutions and electric trucks;

• Investing a billion dollars in deploying hydrogen technology including hydrogen vehicles;

• Working with the U.S. to set a standard for charging and then add mandatory charging stations or wiring required for chargers to the national building code;

• Working with provinces, territories and municipalities to encourage the inclusion of a minimum number of EV charging spaces for new developments;

• Requiring that every building where the federal government has employees or offers services to the public and provides parking to have a charging station by 2025; and

• Supporting improved electric vehicle battery repurposing and recycling in order to lower the environmental impact of these batteries and lower the cost of vehicles on the resale market.

Secure the Environment, retrieved 2021-08-29

Misc. topics

Accessibility

Conservative's promise

Provide an additional $80 million per year through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to provide additional incentives for small business & community projects to improve accessibility, provide grants & support for accessibility equipment, and enhance existing programs to get more disabled Canadians into the workforce.

Adoption

Conservative's promise

Create a National Adoption Strategy; Create an EI benefit for adoptive parents, modelled on EI maternity benefits; Increase the maximum a parent can claim under the Adoption Expense Tax Credit from $15,000 to $20,000, and make the credit refundable.

Broadcasting & Streaming

Conservative's promise

Repeal Bill C-10; Require large digital streaming services to reinvest a significant portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, with a portion to be French-language programming; Exempt content Canadians upload to social media sites from regulation; Reduce regulations on and fees from Canadian broadcasters and cable companies; Review the CRTC's mandate.

Our alternative approach will:

• Require large digital streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video to reinvest a significant portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, of which a mandated proportion must be French language programming.

° If they fail to do so on their own in a given year, they will be required to pay the difference into the Canadian Media Fund.

° The proportion chosen will vary based on the nature of the streaming service and would be determined based on the best practices of other jurisdictions, such as those in Europe and Australia, as well as the nature of the Canadian market.

° Content reinvestment requirements will also recognize and incentivize partnerships with Canadian independent media producers.

• Exempt the content Canadians upload onto social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Tik Tok (sic) from regulation in order to protect free speech.

• Streamline and reduce the regulatory burden placed on conventional Canadian broadcasters and cable companies, including CRTC license fees and Canadian Media Fund contribution requirements, with the loss in revenue to be compensated by a portion of the revenue from the new digital services tax.

° This will include abolishing CRTC Part II license fees.

° The health of the Canadian cultural sector depends on the continued viability and success of its private broadcasters. Conventional Canadian broadcasters and cable companies have experienced significant losses in subscribers and revenue in recent years due to the rise of online streaming services.

Canada’s Conservatives will also conduct a full review of the mandate of the CRTC to ensure that it better reflects the needs of Canadians and doesn’t prevent Canadian broadcasters from innovating and adapting to changes in the market.

CBC and Radio Canada have made important contributions to Canada over the past 84 years. While parts of it remain as relevant as ever, including Radio Canada, CBC Radio, and CBC North, many question whether CBC’s English TV continues to live up to its mandate. There are also concerns that CBC’s online news presence is undermining the viability of Canadian print and online media, reducing the diversity of voices available to Canadians.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

CBC & Radio-Canada

Conservative's promise

Give Radio-Canada a distinct administrative structure, with representatives on its board appointed by the Québec government; Require Radio-Canada to stop charging user fees for its online streaming services; Require Radio-Canada to not operate branding services that compete with private francophone media; Review the mandate of CBC TV, CBC News Net, & CBC online news, hoping to remodel after PBS.
  • Give Radio-Canada a separate and distinct legal and administrative structure to reflect its distinct mandate of promoting francophone language and culture while maintaining its funding and providing for continued sharing of resources and facilities where applicable.
    • The Board of Directors of the reformed Radio-Canada would include representatives appointed by the Government of Québec and representation of francophone minority communities outside Québec.
    • Radio-Canada will:
      • No longer charge user fees for its online streaming services or operate branding services like Tandem in competition with private francophone media.
      • Provide increased content representative of francophone communities outside Québec.
  • Protect CBC Radio and CBC North.
  • Review the mandate of CBC English Television, CBC News Network and CBC English online news to assess the viability of refocusing the service on a public interest model like that of PBS in the
  • United States, ensuring that it no longer competes with private Canadian broadcasters and digital providers.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Canada's Armed Forces

Conservative's promise

Lengthen postings where possible; Prioritise recruitment & retention; Revive the Regular Officer Training Program at civilian universities; Harmonise trade training in the Armed Forces with Red Seal Qualifications.

• Addressing the challenges of deployments and postings

° Being conscious of the heavy operational toll that tears military families apart and depletes Canada’s ability to deploy, only deploy our forces when they have clear and achievable missions along with the appropriate resources needed to achieve them.

° Lengthening postings where possible to enable families to put down roots.

° Working with the provinces to help ensure that the process of moving between provinces is as seamless as possible for military families.

• Prioritizing recruitment and retention, including an emphasis on retraining and skills development to allow those willing to serve to continue to do so.

• Working with provincial governments to develop comprehensive job protection legislation that shields reservists who leave their day job to deploy, since protecting your neighbours should not cost you your job.

• Reviving the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) at civilian universities to provide educational opportunities for youth serving their country.

• Harmonizing trade training in the Armed Forces with Red Seal Qualifications so that military service becomes an incubator for skilled workers who can transition easily and productively to the civilian economy.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Canadian Heritage

Conservative's promise

Create a fund of $75M in grants to municipal governments over the next 5 years to restore historical monuments, statues, and heritage buildings; Promptly complete the Canadian Monument to the Victims of Communism.

Financial Advice & Institutions

Conservative's promise

Enact legislation on open banking; Order the Competition Bureau to investigate bank fees; Require more transparency for investment management fees, including requiring banks to show investment returns net of fees.

Government Ethics & Lobbying

Conservative's promise

Expand monetary penalties to cover all violations of the Conflict of Interest Act; Increase monetary penalties from $500 max to $50K max, with the fine proportional to severity & offender's history & net worth; Prevent MPs from collecting speaking fees while serving in the House.

Toughening the Conflict of Interest Act by expanding the monetary penalties to cover all violations of the Act. Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau were both found to have behaved unethically but faced no penalties for doing so. This needs to change.

Increasing the monetary penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act from a maximum of $500 to a maximum of $50,000, with the fine to be proportionate to the severity of the offence and the offender’s history and personal net worth.

Amending the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament to prevent Members of Parliament from collecting speaking fees while serving in the House of Commons since speaking to Canadians is a part of the job.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Mandate full transparency by requiring all corporations and other organizations that lobby to register and report their meetings; and

Ban lobbying by an individual or entity on a matter that is the subject of a criminal proceeding, to prevent a future Liberal government from repeating the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Canada’s Conservatives will pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act requiring individuals and companies acting as agents of designated foreign principals (country, corporation, entity or individual) in a political or quasi-political capacity including lobbying, policy development, advertising, and grassroots mobilization to register. Requirements for disclosure would include the amount of payment, the nature of the relationship, and the activities performed.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Government Transparency

Conservative's promise

Prohibit the application of NDAs when an individual is disclosing info to a lawful authority or seeking medical assistance or legal advice; Change rules surrounding Cabinet Confidence; Allow the Commissioner of Information to order departments to release information promptly.
  • Prohibit the application of non-disclosure agreements in circumstances where an individual is disclosing information to a lawful authority or seeking medical assistance or legal advice.
    • This would apply across all federally regulated enterprises as well as the government.
  • Amend the Canada Evidence Act to ensure that Cabinet Confidence can no longer be used to shield government insiders from criminal investigation.
    • Where the government does not want to turn over information or allow the police to interview an official, Cabinet Confidence would need to be asserted in writing by the Clerk of the Privy Council with an explanation of the reasons that the government believes Cabinet Confidence applies.
    • The RCMP would then be able to apply to the Justice of the Federal Court to access information protected by Cabinet Confidence.
      • The information will be provided to the RCMP if there is a reasonable basis to believe an offence has been committed and that the information is relevant to the investigation.
    • This new application mechanism would set a high bar to protect the principle of Cabinet confidence and to ensure that genuine Cabinet deliberations are protected. Cabinet confidence is meant to ensure good government, not shield illegal behaviour. These measures will safeguard our democracy against the whims of unscrupulous politicians.
  • Fix Access to Information by giving the Commissioner of Information the power to make orders to departments to release information promptly, to bring an end to the current government’s practice of endless delays that makes a mockery of the law.
  • Strengthen whistleblower protection by creating a strong federal legislative framework that will enable workers to speak up about wrongdoing without fear of reprisal.
  • Mandate that government departments, Crown Corporations, and those receiving public funds publish more data in machine-readable formats using prevailing open standards.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Northern Devolution

Conservative's promise

Complete devolution of the territories, starting with allowing them to set their borrowing limits; Allow development decisions to be made by people in the north, including exporting oil & natural gas to European & Indo-Pacific markets.

Right-to-Repair

Conservative's promise

Extend right-to-repair to farm vehicles.

Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Military

Conservative's promise

Do proactive, targeted recruitment of women, Indigenous people, & visible minorities at the community level; Call a public inquiry into harassment & discrimination in the CAF; Remove commanders' access to their subordinates' medical files; Order a service-wide independent investigation into sexual misconduct; Ensure future complaints are made to an external, independent body.

° Enhancing the participation of women, Indigenous people, and visible minorities through proactive, targeted recruitment at the community level.

° Ensuring a respectful and professional workforce free from sexual misconduct and discrimination.

° Calling a public inquiry into harassment and discrimination in the Canadian Armed Forces and make immediate changes such as removing commanders’ access to their subordinates’ medical files.

° Ordering a service-wide independent investigation into sexual misconduct in the military.

° Introducing policies to ensure future complaints are made to an external, independent body outside the chain of command.

° Making the CF and DND Ombudsperson an independent Officer of Parliament.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18

Veterans

Conservative's promise

Replace the two benefit systems with one one benefit system from enlistment through retirement; Empower military doctors to determine a service-related injury for all CAF & VAC purposes; Revise the concept of "universality of service" to be job-specific; Implement the Lifelong Disability Benefit for moderately to severely injured veterans; Cover the cost of PTSD service dogs.

• Empowering military doctors, who know the demands of service and the impact of injuries, to determine a service-related injury for all CAF and VAC purposes.

° No longer will one medical evaluation deny someone the ability to serve, and a separate assessment then deny them benefits.

• Revising the concept of “universality of service” to be job-specific.

° The “everyone is a rifleman” concept is outdated and unsuited to the realities of modern warfare while leading to injured service members being pushed out and cut off.

° Fitness categories will become job-specific, and those who wish to continue to serve after injury will have the opportunity to retrain in an area where they can serve.

• Ensuring a smooth transition for any CAF members who have to be medically released, including retaining them in the CAF until all the benefits and services from the CAF, VAC, and Service Income Security Insurance Plan have been confirmed and put in place.

• Implementing the Lifelong Disability Benefit for moderately to severely injured veterans.

• Making a transfer to the reserves a practical and easy option and adjusting service requirements to balance the need for training with the reality of adapting to the civilian workforce.

° This will ease a regular force member’s transition and strengthen the reserves.

• Ensuring that military families, especially spouses, are provided with sufficient support.

• Implementing a strategy to combat homelessness among veterans and explore the potential for using surplus military housing to provide housing for homeless veterans.

• Covering the cost of PTSD service dogs for veterans and creating training standards for them.

• Empowering frontline VAC employees to adjudicate claims.

• Completing the Afghanistan War Memorial.

• Funding educational initiatives that teach Canadians about veterans’ service and Canada’s place in the world.

Canada's Recovery Plan, retrieved 2021-08-18



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